Max Homa rallies to win Fortinet Championship at Silverado


NAPA, Calif. (TBEN) – Max Homa pulled out of the rough 95 yards for the Eagle on the 12th par 4 to begin a comeback to nine and added three birdies for an Under 65 and a ‘a hit on Sunday in the Fortinet season opener.

Three shots behind Maverick McNealy with seven holes to go, Homa followed the Eagle with a birdie on the 13th par-4. The 30-year-old University of California birdie birdied another 16th par 5 and ran for an 18-footer at 17-par 4. He tied the 18th par-5 to finish at 19 under 269.

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Homa won for the second time this year and the third time on the PGA Tour. He won at Riviera in Los Angeles in February.

McNealy shot a 68 for second. He birdied on the 16th, then landed a double bogey on the 17th and an eagle on the 18. Son of billionaire and former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy, the 25-year-old grew up in Palo Alto and played at Stanford.

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Mito Pereira (68) was third under 16. Marc Leishman (65) and Talor Gooch (68) followed at 15 years old. Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (66) is tied for sixth at under 13. PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson (75) was 7 years younger.

Jim Knous (74) started the day tied for the lead with McNealy, but couldn’t find his rhythm and finished 12 under. Knous, who has another start on a medical exemption, landed his opening tee shot in a spectator’s chair and had a triple bogey on No.14.

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Playing a duet just ahead of McNealy, Homa birdied three of the last four holes on the first nine, then dropped a shot on No.10.