Max Homa Wins 2022-2023 PGA Tour Opener
Napa, CA – Max Homa (-16) won the 2022 Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort. He edged out Danny Willett by 1, shooting a final round 68. The players had to endure rain throughout the final round and in the end it was Homa who weathered it best, winning the event in back-to-back years.
The finish was a bit shocking. Willett held a one stroke lead on the final tee. He ended up needing to hole a short birdie putt after Homa improbably chipped in for birdie. He failed to do so and then missed the ensuing putt for par, handing Homa the win.
Finishing behind them was recent Korn Ferry Tour graduate Taylor Montgomery (-13) and Justin Lower and Ben An (T4, -12).
The new PGA Tour season is off and running with its fall slate of events. While there are some changes coming down the pipe to help the Tour deal with the existential threat posed by LIV, the fall events will look very similar to the way they have in recent years.
In this case, that means a new crop of Korn Ferry Tour graduates getting their first starts as members of the PGA Tour and some veterans also looking to make a resurgence.
Some of those with new cards who had notable weeks included Montgomery, Ben An (T4, -12), Davis Thompson (T9, -10), Thomas Detry (T12, -9), and Harrison Endycott (T12, -9).
Some of the veterans who put in solid showings included Rickie Fowler (T5, -11), Brendon Todd (T9, -10), and Zac Blair (T12, -9), who is playing on a major medical exemption after nearly two years away post-shoulder surgery.
Some of the top players in the field struggled to get going and failed to make the cut. Among them were Corey Conners, Webb Simpson, Maverick McNealy, and Jason Day.
Next week, the PGA Tour takes a week off as the Presidents Cup is contested at Quail Hollow. LIV players are not allowed to compete and that will be much more detrimental to the Internationals than to the US team, who is heavily favored. The week after will see players tee it up at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Sam Burns is the defending champ there.
Max Homa What’s In The Bag
Driver: Titleist TSR3 10° (Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X)
3 Wood: Titleist TSR2 15° (Aldila Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. 80 TX)
5 Wood: Titleist TSR2 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X T5.5 Prototype