Hey, Max, want to let someone else win this tournament for a change?
The Los Angeles native is comfortable in the more northerly part of the state with back-to-back wins at the Fortinet Championship in 2021 and 2022.
"“The greens definitely are like home. It’s a good version of my home golf course, Vista Valencia,” Homa was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2022. “Yeah, just something about the grass, something about the people, something about the air, I love California. I always have, always will.”"
Two years ago, Homa shot 67-72-65-65 to beat fellow statesman Maverick McNealy by a shot.
He was second in the field in strokes gained tee-to-green (10.54) and top-15 in the remaining SG categories.
Last year, Homa carded 65-67-72-68 to fend off Danny Willett by one. The champ was tops in SG tee-to-green and top-20 in the other SG categories.
This is not only a chance for Homa to join rarified air with a three-peat, but also to get reps in advance of his Ryder Cup debut.
The 32-year-old automatically qualified for the American team via the points list. Wins last season at the Fortinet and Farmers Insurance Open played a big part.
Homa also made strides at the majors, logging his first top-10 at The Open Championship (T-10th) and making the cut in three of the four.
His overall consistency has improved. Homa’s floor and ceiling both raised Last season, Homa ranked ninth in total SG per round (1.601).
He was top-50 in all SG categories and was led by his putter, which ranked seventh (.621).