Max Homa was unable to convert his 36-hole lead at last week’s BMW Championship, but the week wasn’t a total loss.
For one, a $790,000 check for T-5th is a nice consolation prize. Two, he played well enough to earn the fifth out of six automatic qualifying spots for the American Ryder Cup team when the points standings were finalized after the BMW.
A lifelong goal of his was achieved. Team USA fans are eager to see what he can do after going 4-0-0 at last year’s Presidents Cup.
Homa was highly likely to be a captain’s pick even if he fell out of the top six, but this seals it.
The 32-year-old is deserving after a career season. Homa is a two-time PGA Tour winner in the 2022-23 campaign and has been ultra-consistent.
Last week at Olympia Fields was his fourth straight top-12 and fifth straight top-25. Even if some of these are limited field events, Homa is still beating plenty of elite players in the process.
The former Cal Golden Bear is embarking on his second Tour Championship appearance. He played well at East Lake in 2022, carding rounds of 71-62-66-66 to get in the mix and finish fifth on the official net leaderboard and third on the unofficial gross leaderboard.
Speaking of 62s, that’s what Max Homa shot in round two at the BMW to set the course record for a day until Sam Burns matched it on Saturday and Viktor Hovland surpassed it by one on Sunday.
Homa ranked fifth in the field in strokes gained off-the-tee (3.161) and fifth in SG putting (5.818). Despite losing strokes around the greens, Homa was fourth in scrambling (58.82%).