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Sam Burns was winning for much of the week, and a Burns win would've been a great, coming-of-age story. Then Tony Finau overtook him late on Sunday. This would've been a fantastic, it's-about-time story. But in the end, it was Max Homa who won the Genesis Invitational at Riviera. And hence we have the proverbial 'Local Boy Makes Good' story.
Homa defeated bridesmaid-yet-again Finau with a par on the second playoff hole for his second career PGA Tour title.
Homa grew up about 30 miles from Pacific Palisades in the Santa Clarita Valley. He said he has attended the various iterations of the Los Angeles Open ever since he was a toddler. And now, at 30, he's won the tournament. Pretty cool.
This may be just what Homa needs to vault into the upper tier of golfers. Because after winning the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship, his career didn't exactly take off. Far from it. But stagnation or regression is not uncommon after a golfer's maiden win. Homa struggled into 2020, especially after the restart in June. When he won at Quail Hollow in May 2019, he was ranked 102nd in the world. Nineteen months later in December 2020, he was still 100th.
But as the calendar flipped to 2021, so too did something with Homa. He finished 21st at The American Express, 18th at the Farmers Insurance Open, 42nd in Phoenix, seventh at Pebble Beach and now a win in this loaded field. He's vaulted all the way up to