2021 Genesis Invitational Recap

Max Homa Wins In a Playoff

Pacific Palisades, CA – Max Homa (-12) beat Tony Finau on the second playoff hole to win the 2021 Genesis Invitational.  Homa stuffed a wedge to three feet on the 72nd hole and missed the ensuing putt the win.  He then survived his tee shot resting against a tree at 10 before winning with a par on 14.  The win is the second of Homa’s PGA Tour career.

For Finau, it’s another runner-up finish.  He continues to play well but hasn’t been able to get over the finish line first.  Sam Burns finished in third one stroke back at -11 and Cameron Smith finished in fourth at -9.  Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, and Matthew Fitzpatrick finished T5 at -7.

After leading the tournament nearly the entire way, Sam Burns faltered late in the final round.  He set the tournament 36-hole scoring record and led by 5 going into the weekend and two strokes going into the final round.  After starting strong in the final round, he shot a back nine 38 to finish in solo third at -11.  While he may be disappointed not to win, he continues to card top 10s and is likely to win sooner than later.

Some of the field’s notable and top-ranked players struggled.  Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau all failed to make the cut.  Other notable finishes included Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay, who were both in the mix going into the weekend but ended up T15 at -4; and world number one Dustin Johnson who played in the final group but failed to get out of neutral, finishing T8 at-6 after carding a +1 72.

Next week, many of the world’s top players from the PGA and European Tours will head to Florida for the first World Golf Championships event of 2021, WGC: Workday Championship at the Concession.  Players in the field there include Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Tyrrell Hatton, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas.  Others will play in the Puerto Rico Open.

Max Homa What’s In The Bag

Driver: Titleist TSi3 9° (Aldila Rogue Black 130 MSI 60 TX)

3 Wood: Titleist TS3 15° (Aldila Rogue Black)

7 Wood: Titleist TSi2 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX)

Irons: Titleist 620 MB 4-9 (KBS $ Taper 130 X)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 46°, 50°, 56°, 60° (KBS $ Taper 130 X (46-56), KBS Hi Rev 2.0 125 S (60))

Putter: Scotty Cameron T5W

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Dylan Thaemert

Dylan Thaemert has been a contributor to Plugged In Golf since 2018. He is a clinical mental health therapist living in the Twin Cities area. He is passionate about travel, the arts, and is always searching for ways to increase his knowledge of the game of golf.

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