Homa nabs first Web.com Tour win
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Max Homa, who at this time last year was winning California’s first-ever NCAA individual championship, won his first pro event Sunday.
Homa shot a bogey-free 8-under 63 at Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C., to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
“It means a lot,” Homa said of getting his first victory, which ultimately propelled him from 64th to ninth on the Web.com Tour money list. “It just feels good to win. I didn’t do so a lot in college, at least not until the end of my career, and to be put in that position. It’s great.
“It’s weird, everyone kind of expected me to win right off the bat, and I feel those were the people that didn’t know me at Cal. I was barely making the team my freshman year. It’s been a long and steady climb. It feels great to finally show them I can win and on a big stage."
Homa, 23, was tied with Jonathan Randolph and Blayne Barber heading to the back nine. He dropped a birdie putt on 12 and thought he had to be at least tied for the lead.
“Leaderboards were few and far between out there,” he said.
He made back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 and knew he had to at least be in front of Randolph and Barber by one.
He was ahead by two until Randolph birdied the last.
“I saw I was ahead by one on the 17th green,” Homa said. “Once I saw that, I kind of got a jolt of energy of nerves and excitement.”
He made par on 17 and 18 to close at 20-under 266. Homa didn’t watch Barber come up 18. He and his caddie, Joe Greiner, were just listening to the rules officials over the radio. He heard Barber had to hole out from the fairway and once he did not, he was relieved.
Homa celebrated with Greiner, fellow Web.com Tour player Andrew Putnam and his caddie / Homa’s good friend Johnny Mac Arthur by sharing a few hugs and high fives, but also a meal of champions – Chipotle.
Before his round, Homa had taken to Twitter: “@maxhoma23 – Today’s gunna be a good day #hoop.”
And sure enough it was.