Max Homa comes from 5 again to win Farmers Open by 2 strokes

SAN DIEGO — Max Homa did what his beloved la Dodgers may not do in October — win in San Diego.

The L.A.-space native acquired here from 5 photographs off the finish in win the Farmers insurance coverage Open by 2 strokes over Keegan Bradley on Saturday at Torrey Pines, the place Jon Rahm imploded early and missed a shot at worthwhile his third straight start and shifting to No. 1 on this planet.

Homa reeled in Sam Ryder, who was making an try for a wire-to-wire win, after which held off Bradley and Collin Morikawa for his sixth PGA Tour victory and fourth in his dwelling state. He took the Genesis at Riviera in 2021 and has gained the Fortinet Championship in Napa in consecutive years.

Homa closed with a 6-beneath sixty six to finish at thirteen-beneath 275. He made a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 18 and pumped his proper fist earlier than greeting spouse Lacey and toddler son Cam simply off the inexperienced.

Homa was born in Burbank and lives in Valencia, simply north of L.A. He performed collegiately at Cal. he is a fan of the la Lakers and Dodgers, who misplaced to the San Diego Padres inside the NL Division sequence, with the clincher coming in San Diego. Homa mentioned he heard a important deal of smack communicate from Padres followers this week however did not reply, although he mentioned his caddie, Joe Greiner, did.

“it is good to win up and down the state of California and, you understand, carry that L.A. emblem on my head and in my coronary heart, me and Joe,” Homa mentioned. “i do not communicate again to anyone inside the gang with regard to the Dodgers-Padres factor, however Joe does. So I take pleasure in listening to him talking trash again to them.”

many people know Homa as maybe the funniest tour man on Twitter. “i am a reasonably darn good golfer,” he mentioned. “the outcomes assist you form of construct that basis. I imply, I favor to say dumb issues and make dumb jokes and observe bizarre stuff and tweet about it. you understand, baby, i assume.

“however as quickly as I work, as quickly as I observe and that i play tournaments, that is what i actually like. i actually like what at this time was. It was unimaginable. So i do not assume something’s modified an extreme quantity of. the boldness is turning into extra regular.”

Bradley additionally shot a sixty six on the South Course. Morikawa shot sixty nine and accomplished at 10 beneath. Ryder shot seventy five, his worst spherical of the week, and tied for fourth with Sahith Theegala (70) and Sungjae Im (70) at 9 beneath.

Rahm shot a seventy 4, his worst spherical of the week, and tied for seventh at eight beneath with Jason Day (sixty eight), a two-time Farmers winner. Rahm acquired his first PGA Tour win right here in 2017 after which gained the U.S. Open in 2021 on the municipal course that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Rahm gained The American particular at PGA West final weekend and on the Sentry event of Champions three weekends in the past at Kapalua.

Homa, taking half in inside the group forward of Ryder, Rahm and Tony Finau, took the lead at 12 beneath by curling in a sixteen-foot birdie putt on the par-three sixteenth after a 226-yard tee shot. Ryder, who wore magenta joggers, had a double-bogey 6 on the fifteenth to drop to 10 beneath.

Homa performed the entrance 9 in 4 beneath and drove the ball effectively enough to maintain out of hassle, permitting his iron sport to shine.

“you do not ought to be inside the quick grass on an everyday basis however that you only ought to be in it to make birdies,” Homa mentioned. “My iron sport has always form of been my staple, i assume, what i am most glad with in my sport and it lends itself to that at this golf course.”

Ryder, who eagled his first hole of the event, was in a three-means tie for first after the opening spherical and had sole possession of the lead after the second and third rounds. At 33, he is nonetheless in quest of his first tour win.

“Yeah, there was positively pretty a little bit of current strain, however it absolutely was gratifying,” Ryder mentioned. “i used to be making an try to merely take pleasure in it. comparable to you understand, it was an excellent expertise for me and that i really feel it is solely going to feed me.”

After making a sturdy run up the leaderboard on Friday to maneuver into sole possession of second place, two photographs behind Ryder, Rahm bogeyed No. 1 and missed a birdie putt by inches on No. 4 earlier than his spherical fell aside on the par-4 No. 5.

Rahm drove proper into a fairway bunker after which flew the inexperienced into the thick tough. It took him three photographs to reduce his means out of the tough and by the objective he sank a 9-foot putt, he had tumbled proper into a tie for fifth.

“I acquired pretty a little bit of dangerous breaks at this time,” Rahm mentioned. “I can guarantee you one factor, if you happen to’re inside the golf inexperienced, you do not get dangerous breaks. simply ought to play greater.”


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