Max Homa is quietly playing some great golf. He was in the mix last week at the FedEx St. Jude Championship en route to finishing four shots back in T-6th.
Homa was second in the field in strokes gained per round off-the-tee (1.1) and 10th in SG tee-to-green (1.14).
That was his third straight top-12 finish and fourth in a row inside the top 21. The Californian is a two-time winner in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season and could put an exclamation mark on the season with a win in one of these next two weeks.
He’s won standard and designated PGA Tour events. A FedEx Cup Playoffs win would be a solid next step in the 32-year-old’s career.
Homa has course experience at Olympia Fields. In 2010, he finished T-11th at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational competing for Cal-Berkeley.
Homa returned a decade later for the 2020 BMW Championship where he finished T-59th.
He leads the PGA Tour in bounce-back percentage (34.71%). That’s kind of the story of his career, which began with struggles before triumph.
Recovering from dropped shots will be crucial if Olympia Fields plays close to as tough as it did three years ago.
Homa also ranks eighth in total SG per round (1.652). He’s 55th or better in every SG category, including ninth in putting (.596).
There are no glaring statistical weaknesses in his game. He still has room to improve by his standards in the majors, but he’s proven to be able to beat elite fields in other settings.