'I Tried, Man' - Tearful Max Homa Reacts To Genesis Invitational Loss

Max Homa fought back tears after losing out to Jon Rahm at Riviera

Max Homa reacts after nearly holing a chip shot at the Genesis Invitational
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Max Homa might have won $2.18m on Sunday and moved into the world's top-10 for the first time in his career, but the American couldn't hide his devastation after coming up short to Jon Rahm at the Genesis Invitational.

Homa, the new World No.8, finished two strokes shy of Jon Rahm at Riviera and he fought back tears while speaking to the media post-round, as the emotion hit him after he came agonisingly close to winning his hometown event for the second time.

Homa was asked whether he was more proud of the fight or disappointed with the loss, to which he simply replied: "Yes", as he fought back tears.

"Sorry. I'm very proud," he said.

"I did not have it off the tee today, but man, I fought. I really just wanted to push him. I don't know why this is happening now, I've been fine for 15 minutes.

"I wanted to push him. He is a spectacular golfer. I would say other than Tiger and I don't even know, he's the most consistent player I've seen.

"I've known him since college and he's been like this since then, No.1 amateur in the world, No.1 player in the world, all the accolades. I wanted to make him beat me and I think I did that.

"I let him off the hook on 13, but man, it was cool to see myself push him and not feel like I had 100% of my game. I played great everywhere but off the tee on that back nine, but it is what it is. I was going to have to put up a pretty remarkable score. I think it's pretty amazing going against someone like Jon.

"You know he's going to play well so it's almost comforting knowing you're just going to have to play better, he's not going to fold. So I'm not disappointed in my golf, I'm just disappointed in the ending."

Homa then fought back tears again when describing how he wanted to win in front of his friends and family, who were not there for his 2021 Genesis Invitational triumph due to the pandemic and no crowds.

"When I won in '21, nobody was here and it hurts me not to be able to do that with everyone here, my family and friends. But I tried, man," he said.

"Sorry, this tournament just means a lot to me. It's like an emotional release. But yeah, the support I get here is so cool. I'm going to win it again and be able to do it in front of all these people. Yeah, that's that."

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV