Jewish golfer Max Homa, former California player, enters the top 30 after his victory in the tournament – J.
Jewish golfer and UC Berkeley graduate Max Homa won his fourth PGA Tour event on Sunday, which lifted him to No. 29 in the world — his first time in the top 30 in his nine-year professional career.
The 31-year-old Burbank native won $1.62 million shooting at 8 under par, putting him two strokes ahead of a trio of golfers at 6 under and four strokes ahead of four-time major champion Rory McIlroy , the seventh ranked player. in the world. Homa has now won two of the last three Wells Fargo Championships, which were contested for the first time on a course outside of Washington, DC.
Although Homa attended six years of Hebrew school and had a bar mitzvah, he maintains that he is not religious. One of his tweet from 2018 read in part: “The most Jewish I’ve ever felt came after looking at a house with extravagant Christmas lights and immediately thinking ‘this electric bill must be brutal’.”
At Cal, where he earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies, Homa became the only Golden Bear in history to place in the top 10 at both an NCAA Championship and an NCAA Regional in a single season. The highlight of his college career was winning the individual title at the 2013 NCAA Championship, shooting 9 under on a course in Atlanta.
Homa is among the top Jewish golfers in the world, alongside 29-year-old Daniel Berger, currently ranked 23rd in the world and also a four-time PGA Tour winner (including the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2021).
Homa, who attended Valencia High School north of Los Angeles, also had two wins on the PGA Tour development tour; his best finish in a major was in 2021, when he finished tied for 40th at the Open Championship (not to be confused with the US Open, for which he failed to make the cut in half tests).
Serious golf fans know Homa primarily for his goofy tweets and funny, humble, self-deprecating personality; for a while he co-hosted a podcast called “Get a Grip”. These days, fans are probably more likely to see him as someone who can compete in the biggest tournaments in the world.
About the upcoming PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, starting May 19, Homa said during his victory press conference that he thought he had “a good chance of winning if I keep playing like this.”
Homa’s journey to the brink of stardom hasn’t been easy. It took him six years to win his first PGA Tour event, and he twice lost his PGA Tour card, which gives him automatic access to PGA Tour events.
“I saw $18,000 in a year here,” he said at the press conference. “I saw myself feeling very, very small, literally having no hope.”
Homa’s victory on Mother’s Day was very special because his wife, Lacey Croom, is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a baby boy. That, along with pocketing a check for $1.62 million for the win, made Homa graciously reflect on his current situation.
“Sometimes my life is too good to be true,” he said.