Jewish American golfer Max Homa’s positive persona and calm nature served him well at a rain hit and windswept Avanel Farm golf course in Maryland, USA last week, when he kept his nerve in the final round to win the 2022 Wells Fargo PGA Tour tournament.
It was the 31-year-old’s second win on the tour this season, and fourth since 2019, propelling him to sixth place in the FedEx Cup.
Trailing Keegan Bradley by 3 shots on the final day, when the weather cleared up, Homa worked his way into a 3-shot lead by remaining composed – particularly on the back nine – while switching from a conservative approach to an attacking one.
Bradley clawed back to within one shot after the 16th hole, and the pair traded pars on the 17th, before a composed Homa nailed a birdie on the 18th to finish 8-under, winning by 2 shots.
The fact the tournament win was secured on Mothers Day was not lost on Homa, who with his wife Lacey, are expecting their first child in the coming months.
“Sometimes my life seems too good to be true, and this is one of those cases … so it’s cool that I won, but at the end of the day, our little boy is going to be our biggest trophy,” Homa said in the press conference. “I’m starting to believe in myself a lot [as a golfer], and that’s all I can ask for.”
Homa will play next at the PGA Championship from May 19, and said his other major goal this year is to be selected in the US team for the Presidents Cup.