What a journey it’s been for the 2013 Pac-12 and NCAA individual champion from Cal, Max Homa, who, like so many, was on a can’t-miss trajectory before losing his game.
After making just two cuts in 2017 and returning this year to miss his first six, he won the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship in convincing fashion.
As Sean Martin notes for PGATour.com, the win was a victory for persistence and over an impressive roster of names.
The reigning FedExCup champion, Justin Rose, finished four back. Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey and Jason Dufner all tied for fourth. Rory McIlroy was two shots back at the start of the day, but faded to eighth place with a 73 on Sunday.
“I told (caddie Joe Greiner) on one of the holes that I felt like I was going to throw up, but my hands felt unbelievable on the club,” Homa said.
He couldn’t say the same in 2017, when he shot a cumulative 61-over-par in 17 starts on the PGA TOUR. But ‘resilient’ is a word that multiple people used to describe Homa. He has a similar word, ‘RELENTLESS’ tattooed on his wrist.
From Bob Harig’s ESPN story that does a great job chronicling Homa’s return to great play and life-changing win.
Even after returning to the PGA Tour this season, he missed his first six cuts, then slowly began to find some success -- although he never contended until this weekend. He began 2019 ranked 836th in the world and was 417th at the start of the week.
Improved driving has been a big part of the turnaround, leading to confidence.
"Whenever I drive it well, I feel great,'' Homa said. "I went through some real lows with my driver a couple years ago out here. I don't remember what my worst one was, but it was embarrassing. I was hitting like seven provisionals a tournament.”
A big Dodger fan, Homa received a congratulatory call from Tommy Lasorda, reports GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard.
The win gets Homa into the PGA Championship next week and the 2020 Masters.
The final round highlights: