Max Homa nearly missed his opportunity to win the Genesis Open, but when he finally did, Paige Spiranac had a pun ready.
The 30-year-old claimed a victory at Riviera Country Club at Pacific Palisades, California. It was the second of his career, with his first coming at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2019.
It took a playoff finish against Tony Finau to seal the win. When he had done so, Spiranac was ready with a good (or terrible based on your tastes) pun.
Well done, Paige, well done.
However, it wasn’t her only tweet of the day. The other was a simple, “holy sh*t” after Homa missed a put to go a stroke ahead of Finau and make a playoff unnecessary.
Paige Spiranac, Fans Watch Max Homa Win
The story of Sunday at Riviera primarily belonged to Tony Finau. The up-and-coming PGA Tour start carded a 7-under 64, which tied his personal best for his lowest round on tour.
It gave Finau a legitimate chance to win the tourney, but Homa was in the mix nearly all weekend. Consistent iron play and putting saw the Burbank, California native stay in the pack.
Coming down No. 18 on Sunday, Homa had a chance to go to -13 and a shot in front of Finau, who had already finished. He rose the occasion, initially, by hitting one of the best shots of the PGA Tour year so far, hitting an approach shot to a few feet.
However, the former Cal Bears golfer brutally lipped out. After Sam Burns was unable to force himself to a win or into the playoff, Finau and Homa dueled.
After tying on the first playoff hole, Finau bogeyed the second which gave Homa the leeway needed to win the tourney. For Finau, it becomes his 10th runner-up finish on tour since his sole PGA Tour victory in 2016.
On the other hand, it translates to Homa’s second tour win and a hometown victory. Considering he’s been around the course his whole life, it certainly means a lot.
“Been watching this tournament my whole life,” Homa said per NBC Sports. “It’s why I fell in love with golf – wow, didn’t think it’d be like this (choking up). Tiger another reason I’m into golf. Had good feelings this week. Been playing great. City of champions, you know – Dodgers, Lakers and me now, so it’s a weird feeling.”