Max Homa is among the contingent of Scottsdale residents teeing it up this week in a de facto home game.
While the pros don’t peg it at TPC Scottsdale too often in their downtime, Homa and co. are still well-versed in this track.
The native Californian Homa is 5-for-5 making the cut and has never finished outside the top 40 at the WM Phoenix Open. The highlight was T-6th (72-67-64-68) in 2020.
Last year produced T-39th (69-69-71-72).
Homa is coming off a poor finish last week, taking T-66th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That was an aberration compared to his performance over the last year-plus.
The 33-year-old won late in 2023 at the Nedbank World Challenge on the DP World Tour. Homa beat Ryder Cuppers like Nicolai Hojgaard and Tommy Fleetwood to hoist the trophy in South Africa.
Homa opened 2024 with T-14th at The Sentry and T-13th at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The former Cal Golden Bear ranks 31st on the PGA Tour this season in Strokes Gained: Total (1.1). He’s gaining strokes in every category except for putting, which is due to tick-up when his sample size increases.
This is a year where the golf world is looking to see if Homa can break out at the majors. A win at a notable event like the WM Phoenix Open can help build the buzz.
The late bloomer has six PGA Tour wins all since 2021. Homa had a whopping 12 top-10s and just two missed cuts in 23 events worldwide in 2023.