Max Homa Secures Farmers Insurance Open Title

In a tightly contested event, it was the American who came out on top as he picked up a sixth PGA Tour title

Homa fist pumps on the 18th green after his victory
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On a final day where the majority of fans thought that Jon Rahm would pick up yet another trophy, it was in fact Max Homa who came out on top, as the American held off Sam Ryder, Keegan Bradley and Collin Morikawa to secure a sixth PGA Tour title and his fifth in under two years.

During the third round at Torrey Pines, Homa had been mic'd up in a fantastic addition to the PGA Tour and, during the final day at the Farmers Insurance Open, the 32-year-old kept his cool and showed his class, with a closing 66 giving him a two shot win.

Starting the final round, it was Ryder who held a two shot lead as he went in search of his first PGA Tour victory in 147 starts. Despite holding the advantage, it was World No.3 Rahm who began the favourite, but that was until he bogeyed the first and Ryder birdied it to sit four shots clear.

Homa had began his day five shots back of the leader and, a third of the way through the round, he was still four shots adrift of his fellow countryman. That lead though evaporated quickly! Especially when Ryder made back-to-back bogeys and Homa delivered a superb birdie at the ninth to tie things up at the top.

A few holes later, fans were treated to more-or-less a straight shootout between the American pair, with the duo four shots clear of a number of huge names. It was at the 14th where things seemed to unravel for Homa though, as a bogey dropped him back behind Ryder with just a handful of holes remaining.

Homa hugs his caddie on the 18th green after winning

Homa celebrates with his caddie after securing his sixth PGA Tour title

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In the end, it was Homa's experience that shone through, especially when, at the 230-yard par 3 16th, he made just the third birdie of the day at that hole, an exceptional feat that was fully capitalised as Ryder found a costly double bogey at the 15th.

As Ryder dropped out of contention, it was Bradley who was his nearest challenger, with the American setting the clubhouse target at 11-under-par. However, after Homa found the green with his second shot at the par 5 last hole, the title was all but his.

Rolling his lengthy putt up to just a few feet, the American tapped in for a seventh birdie of the day and yet another victory in his home state of California.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x