Homa plays in 2 hours Sunday in Puerto Rico

Max Homa, left, with caddie Joe Greiner, right, finished the final round of the 2014 Puerto Rico Open in less than two hours – near a PGA Tour record (shown here during practice at the Northern Trust Open).
Max Homa, left, with caddie Joe Greiner, right, finished the final round of the 2014 Puerto Rico Open in less than two hours – near a PGA Tour record (shown here during practice at the Northern Trust Open). ( Associated Press )

Sunday, March 9, 2014

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Who says the PGA Tour has a pace of play problem? Not rookie Max Homa. The former California star teed off first as a single at 7:40 a.m. and tapped in for a 3-over 75 just 1 hour and 58 minutes later, just shy of the Tour’s record for the fastest round.

“We heard 1 hour 56 minutes was the record so we decided to go for it,” he said after catching his breath.

The race was on after a bogey at the par-5 second hole. Homa, who started the day tied with five other golfers for last among those to make the 54-hole cut, declared to his caddie, Joe Greiner, “Let’s just run.”

And that’s what they did. “I legitimately ran the last five holes,” said Homa, who offset five bogeys with two birdies.

Greiner tweeted afterwards, “Couldn’t have [run] harder down the fairways.”

Homa made fast work of getting back to his hotel, too.

“Back at my hotel 2:14 later,” Homa tweeted. “The most fun round of golf ever #Exhausted #worthit”

Does that mean he would like another shot at the record someday, he was asked?

“I hope I’m never in that position,” Homa said. “Next time, I’d like to be closer to the lead.”