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Web.com Tour Newcomer Max Homa on Strong Debut

Web.com Tour Newcomer Max Homa on Strong Debut

Web.com Tour Newcomer Max Homa on Strong Debut, Living Up — So Far — to Outstanding Amateur Career

Max Homa

In his rookie Web.com Tour season, so far, Max Homa is living up to the expectations from his top-flight amateur career.

Max Homa has been playing golf ever since he can remember, often joining his dad at the driving range as far back as age 2. He recalls going to the L.A. Open as a kid and the thrill of meeting Payne Stewart.

With his first Web.com Tour win under his belt at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in May and more than $170,000 in earnings (10th on the money list) heading into this week’s Web.com Tour stop, the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho, the 23-year-old Californian is having a solid first full season.

2nd Swing Golf Blog writer John Lahtinen caught up with him before his opening round in Boise to talk about his expectations for the season, his Walker Cup experience, The First Tee and his dream foursome.

Q&A with Web.com Tour Rookie and Amateur Standout Max Homa:

How important was it for you to get that first win and did it make you feel more at ease moving forward?

MH: I do feel a sense of relief, but it has also put me in a position where I need to continue to play really good golf in order to make the PGA Tour.

What’s the best score you’ve ever posted? Any aces? 

MH: Seven aces. Lowest round is 61.

What were your expectations coming into this season?

MH: I just wanted to play good golf and improve throughout the year.

Following a couple of missed cuts, you had a strong T15 at the Utah Championship July 10-13, 2014. What’s the state of your game right now? 

MH: My game is good. I just had to clean some things up. I didn’t work on anything specific, just tried to refine everything.

How do you handle pressure? 

MH: I just try to put blinders on and play golf the way I know how.

Who do you rely on the most and why? 

MH: Joe (Greiner), my caddie, because he is very knowledgeable about my game and can help (me) considerably.

Who are your best buds out on Tour? 

MH: Andrew Putnam, Justin Thomas, Luke List, John Mallinger and Peter Tomasulo. We play a lot of practice rounds together and send well wishes via text.

What is your favorite course? 

Cypress Point (Club near Monterey, Calif.) because the views are unbeatable.

Max Homa

Clearly, Web.com Tour up-and-coming rookie has good taste. His favorite course is the outstanding — and exclusive — Cypress Point Club near Monterey, Calif.

Who is your favorite golfer? 

MH: Tiger Woods because he revolutionized the game of golf for the better.

What has been your biggest challenge? 

MH: Not being so critical of myself. I’m still working on it, but awareness of the problem is very important. I am just trying to have more fun on the golf course.

Who would fill out your dream foursome? 

MH: Tiger, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.

Discuss your relationship with The First Tee nonprofit youth golf program.

MH: I was involved with the Pittsburgh program and I did a mentor day over the summer. It is important because it’s great to give back and support young people getting into the game of golf.

Talk about your 2013 Walker Cup experience. 

MH: It was easily the best experience of my life. I am friends for life with my teammates, and I got to represent my country. It has helped my game because I will never be that nervous again and I feel like I can deal with high-pressure situations better now.

What’s your practice routine? 

MH: I work on distances with my wedges. I work on technique with my mid-irons, and I work on shot making with my long clubs. I’ll chip out of different lies, and I especially like to work on short putts and do speed drills.

What are your goals for the rest of the season? 

MH: I’d like to win again, establish myself as far up the money list as I can — and have fun on the course.


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