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Max Homa records career-best pro finish

Posted: May 4, 2014 9:09 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2014 9:09 p.m.

Valencia graduate and professional golfer Max Homa appears to have found his groove again after a rough first few months of the year.

Homa turned in a final-round score of 1-over 73 on Sunday to end up in seventh place overall at the South Georgia Classic Tour event in Valdosta, Ga.

It’s the best finish of his pro career, which is only a few months old.

Homa’s previous best was ninth-place at the Open last October.

This is his second top 10 finish.

Since the start of the 2014 calendar year, Homa missed five cuts and never finished higher than 47th place at an event.

That changed this week in Georgia.

Homa was in the running to claim his first pro victory headed into his final round on Sunday at the par-72 Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. He was tied for second place and one stroke off the lead after recording three straight rounds under par (67, 68, 70) to start the tournament.

In the end, Homa was five strokes behind the eventual winner, Blayne Barber.

“Bad finish. Good week. I’ll be back,” Homa said via his Twitter account on Sunday.

Homa’s seventh-place earnings were $21,775, which puts his season total at a combined $221,079 between both the PGA Tour and Tour.

So far, the 23-year-old tour rookie has played eight PGA Tour events and four tourneys. He’s made four PGA cuts and three cuts.

Last year, the University of California, Berkeley graduate gained Tour exemption for part of the 2014 season after he finished tied for sixth at the tour’s Qualifying School.

Homa is guaranteed status on the Tour through the at least the first 12 events of the year. If he’s high enough on the money list, he can remain there beyond that point.


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