Max Homa Commits To Debut Appearance In DP World Tour Event

The American will tee it up in the iconic tournament for the first time and will be joined in the field by compatriot Justin Thomas

Max Homa of Team United States celebrates on the 18th green during the Sunday singles matches of the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Club
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Max Homa has become the latest high-profile name to join the field for next month’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Fresh off his stellar rookie performance in the Ryder Cup, which saw him top score for the United States team with 3.5 points, Homa will make his first appearance in the tournament, dubbed “Africa’s Major,” from November 9-12.

Homa joins a field that already features his Ryder Cup teammate Justin Thomas, as well as defending champion Tommy Fleetwood and his fellow Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose.

“I really enjoy playing golf in new places and experiencing countries I’ve never visited before, so I’m really excited to tee it up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge later this year,” Homa said.

“I’m looking forward to getting a taste of South Africa and it’s really cool that my good friend Justin Thomas is going to be playing as well. I’m sure we’ll have an awesome time and I can’t wait to get over there.

“Gary Player is a legend of our game so to be able to play in a tournament with his name associated is an honour. He has done so much for golf worldwide, but particularly in South Africa, so it’s nice to be able to go over there and give a little something back.”

Homa has previously competed in the Scottish Open - a co-sanctioned event between the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour - but this appearance at the Needbank Challenge will represent his first start in an event solely sanctioned by the former European Tour.

The 32-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable rise in the professional rankings in recent years, winning twice in 2021 and 2022. He most recently won the Farmers Insurance Open in January 2023 to move inside the world’s top ten.

Tommy Fleetwood of England poses with the Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy after winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 2022.

Fleetwood is the defending champion

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Alongside Thomas, he is the second confirmed American in the field. No player from the United States has won the tournament since Jim Furyk triumphed in 2006.

Elsewhere in the field, Fleetwood is eyeing the chance to become just the fifth player to win the tournament on three occasions. The Englishman won in 2019 via a playoff and triumphed last year after a dramatic final-hole victory against Ryan Fox.

Lee Westwood, David Frost, Ernie Els and Nick Price are the only four golfers thus far to have a hat-trick of victories in the event.

The Nedbank Challenge will once again be the penultimate tournament on the DP World Tour schedule prior to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Ben Fleming

Ben joined Golf Monthly having completed his NCTJ in multimedia sports journalism at News Associates, London. He is now a freelance journalist who also works for The Independent, Metro, UEFA and Stats Perform.