Max Homa is at Pebble Beach for the seventh time in his pro career and first since 2021. His last three visits have been his best.
The Cal-Berkeley alum finished T-10th in 2019, T-14th in 2020, and T-7th in 2021.
His performance a few years ago featured a 3-under 69 at Spyglass Hill in round one, followed by 2-under 70 at Pebble Beach to make the cut. That year featured a 36-hole cut and no use of Monterey Peninsula due to the pandemic. Homa climbed the leaderboard on the weekend with a pair of 68s.
Homa is making his third start of 2024. The Burbank, California, native opened with T-14th in Hawaii at The Sentry and T-13th last week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in southern California.
The Los Angeles area product is gearing up toward Riviera in a couple weeks, but it’d still be impactful for Homa to win about two hours down the road from his old college stomping grounds.
The 33-year-old was ninth on the PGA Tour in 2022-23 in Strokes Gained: Total (1.638). He was also sixth in SG: Putting (.612) and will be familiar with the poa annua greens in play this week.
Players will be hitting a lot of short irons into greens this week. He was ninth in average approach proximity from 125-150 yards (20’1”).
For the times he misses, Homa has got the short game to hang in. He was 15th in scrambling (64.52%).
Homa was also ninth in birdie average (4.34). It’s important to go low, especially if the course continues to be set up in benign fashion as it often is for the Pro-Am.