Danny Willet’s loss is Max Homa’s gain at Fortinet Championship

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Max Homa joined Brendan Steele (2016-17) as back-to-back winners of the Fortinet Championship. Photo: bloomberg.com

Max Homa (-16) chipped in for birdie from 32’10” on the final hole of the Fortinet Championship to force Danny Willett to make a 3’7” birdie putt for the win; ensuing 3-putt from Willett led to Homa’s fifth PGA TOUR win.

First player to chip in from off the green on the final hole to win since Sam Burns at the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge.

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Victory came in his 152nd start at the age of 31 years, 9 months, 30 days, collected 500 points and moves into the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings.

 

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Joined Brendan Steele (2016-17) as back-to-back winners of the Fortinet Championship.

Has won two tournaments multiple times: Wells Fargo Championship (2019, 2022), Fortinet Championship (2021, 2022).

Is the first player to successfully defend on the PGA TOUR since Patrick Cantlay at the 2022 BMW Championship.

 

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Homa entered the final round trailing Justin Lower by one stroke; four of his five wins have been in come-from-behind fashion, with the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship the exception.

Will compete in his first Presidents Cup this week at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., where he won the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

 

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2016 Masters champion Willett finished runner-up for the first time in 114 PGA TOUR starts; had missed the cut in two prior starts at the Fortinet Championship. He was hoping to join Mike Weir as players to win the Masters Tournament and Fortinet Championship.

 

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Following the round of the day with an 8-under 64, Taylor Montgomery (3rd) picked up the best finish among the 27 PGA TOUR rookies in the field; marked his fifth-consecutive top-10 finish in PGA TOUR-sanctioned play, having closed the season with four top-10 finishes on the Korn Ferry Tour to secure his PGA TOUR card.

First- and third-round leader Justin Lower closed with a 1-over 73 to finish T4, falling to 0-for-1 with the 54-hole lead/colead: was attempting to become the sixth player to make the Fortinet Championship their first PGA TOUR title; previous best finish on TOUR was T8 at the 2022 Barbasol Championship.

 

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Seeking his first PGA TOUR win in his 150th start, three-time runner-up Byeong Hun An finished T4.

Rickie Fowler (T6) closed eagle-par-birdie for a 3-under 69, picking up his first top-10 finish since a T3 at the 2021 CJ CUP.

 

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Harrison Endycott (T12) recorded the best finish of five players who competed in their first PGA TOUR event this week; the others: Vincent Norrman (T36), Kevin Roy (MC), Trevor Cone (MC), Nico Echavarria (MC).

Making his first TOUR start since the 2013 Wyndham Championship (a span of 3,315 days), Paul Haley II finished T12.