In winning in San Diego, Max Homa accomplished what his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers were unable to do in October. The L.A.-native outperformed Keegan Bradley by two strokes to win the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday at Torrey Pines, where Jon Rahm imploded early and missed a chance to win his third straight start and become the No. 1 player in the world.
Sam Ryder, who was attempting a wire-to-wire victory, was caught by Homa, who then defeated Collin Morikawa and Bradley to earn his sixth PGA Tour triumph and fourth in his home state. He won the Fortinet Championship in Napa for two years in a row after winning the Genesis at Riviera in 2021.
Homa finished at 13-under 275 after closing with a 6-under 66. He greeted his wife Lacey and young son Cam just off the green after sinking a 4-foot birdie putt on hole number 18, pumping his right fist in celebration.
Homa, who resided in Valencia and was born in Burbank, is close to Los Angeles. He participated in Cal’s collegiate athletics. He supports the San Diego Padres, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers in the National League Division Series, with the decisive game occurring in San Diego. Homa claimed that despite hearing a lot of insults from Padres fans this week, he remained silent. However, he claimed that his caddy, Joe Greiner, did.
Homa remarked, “It’s good to win all around California and, you know, carry that L.A. emblem on my head and in my heart, me and Joe.” “Joe responds to people in the audience regarding the Dodgers-Padres game, but I don’t. I find it entertaining to hear him insult them in return.”
Homa is well-known for being maybe the funniest tour guy on Twitter. I play golf pretty well, he said. “The outcomes kind of aid in laying that basis. I mean, I enjoy making and saying stupid jokes, observing unusual things, and tweeting about them.
Additionally, Bradley had a 66 on the South Course. Morikawa finished at 10 under par after shooting 69. Ryder shared fourth place at 9 under with Sahith Theegala and Sungjae Im after shooting 75, his worst round of the tournament.
Rahm tied for seventh place at 8 under with Jason Day, a two-time Farmers winner, after shooting his worst round of the week, a 74. Rahm won on the PGA Tour for the first time here in 2017 and went on to triumph at the U.S. Open in 2021 on the local course that has a view of the Pacific Ocean. Rahm took home victories at the Sentry Tournament of Champions three weekends ago at Kapalua and The American Express last weekend at the PGA West.
After hitting a 226-yard tee shot on the par-3 16th hole, Homa, who was playing in the group with Ryder, Rahm, and Tony Finau, rolled in a 16-foot birdie putt to take the lead at 12 under. The 15th hole saw Ryder, who was sporting magenta joggers, make a double-bogey 6, dropping to 10 under. Homa shot a 4 under-par front nine and drove the ball well enough to avoid difficulty, which allowed his iron game to flourish.