Earlier this month, Max Homa fired a final round 6 under par 63 to win the BMW Charity event in South Carolina. It was Homa’s first career victory on the Web.com tour, and he won about $117,000 in prize money.
“I knew teeing off this morning I would have to go low and really beat up the par-5’s. That was really our mantra this week because we knew the scores would be low and we would have to keep our foot on the gas pedal because low scores were out there,” Homa said after finishing the final round.
This is Homa’s first year as a professional golfer, a transition which took place last year after participating in the United States’ win in the Walker Cup, where he eagled the par-5 second hole and had six birdies in his bogey-free round. Homa and celebrity partner Janet Jones-Gretzky tied for ninth in the pro-am portion of the event at 35 under. Canadian pro Adam Hadwin and hockey great Wayne Gretzky won at 44 under.
“She was so nice and it was cool playing with her,” Homa said about Jones-Gretzky. “It was fun to compete with her. It was great playing with someone so famous because I got to fly under the radar while she was getting all of the attention from the television cameras and fans.”
Homa finished one shot ahead of Jonathan Randolph, who also closed with a 63. Randolph, of Brandon, Miss., birdied four of his first five holes in his bogey-free round to remain in contention until the end.