Max Homa’s dedication to hand over his popular and typically comical golf podcast to focus on his recreation is already paying off.

Homa holed out from the strong from 95 yards for eagle on the par-4 twelfth to begin a back-nine comeback and added three birdies for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory Sunday all through the season-opening Fortinet Championship.

“I had full control today,” acknowledged Homa, who saved par out of the sand thrice. “I had a really good warm-up, hit my wedges really well. The only bogey I made was going kind of right at it so just felt like I had good control. It just feels really nice.”

Three strokes behind Maverick McNealy with seven holes left, Homa adopted the eagle with a birdie on the par-4 thirteenth. The 30-year-old former University of California participant tapped in for one more birdie on the par-5 sixteenth and ran in an 18-footer on the par-4 seventeenth. He parred the par-5 18th to end at 19-under 269.

Homa gained for the second time this 12 months and the third time on the PGA Tour. He gained at Riviera in Los Angeles in February.

His newest victory acquired proper right here every week after Homa ended the “Get A Grip” podcast he co-hosted for practically two years.

“I love doing it … but at some point it was not doing my any favors having to regurgitate all the bad things that happened. It wasn’t healthy for me,” Homa acknowledged. “My games getting to the point where it could be really good.”

McNealy shot a 68 to end second. He birdied the sixteenth, then made a double bogey on 17 and an eagle on 18. The son of billionaire and former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy, the 25-year-old participant grew up in Palo Alto and starred at Stanford.

“I was pretty good in the morning, but had a few short game mishaps late in the day,” McNealy acknowledged. “If I hit that fairway on 17, I’m putting for birdie, it’s a different story.”

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

Jim Knous (74) started the day tied for the lead with McNealy, however may not at all uncover his rhythm and achieved at 12 beneath. Knous, who has but yet one more begin on a medical exemption, landed his opening tee shot correct proper right into a spectator’s chair and had a triple bogey on No. 14.

Playing all through the twosome merely in entrance of McNealy, Homa birdied three of the last word 4 holes on the doorway 9, then dropped a stroke on No. 10.

He acquired as soon as extra on observe and turned his spherical spherical two holes later when his approach on 12 landed on the doorway of the inexperienced and rolled into the cup as Homa raised his finger all through the air.

“You want to have a Tiger (Woods) moment,” Homa acknowledged. “He’s made it from everywhere to win. Sometimes when you put yourself in that state of mind, great things happen.”