Max Homa Emerges Victorious at Wells Fargo

Since its inaugural event in 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship has been a favorite stop on the PGA Tour for players and spectators alike. Though the Wells Fargo Championship historically takes place at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., this year’s tournament was moved to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, just 10 miles away from Sidwell, due to course preparations for the President’s Cup in Charlotte.

Despite the location change, enthusiasm for the tournament remained strong. According to the championship’s website, thousands of spectators stopped by TPC Potomac from May 4 to May 8 to watch.

In this year’s tournament, California native Max Homa claimed his second Wells Fargo Championship victory, giving him a total of four overall victories thus far on the PGA tour. Overcoming stroke deficits and weather adversity along the way, Homa did not have an easy road to victory, but he still emerged successful.

After the second full day of competition, Homa was three shots behind the leader, Jason Day. By the end of the third day of competition, however, Homa had closed the lead to just one shot. Pummeled by rainy weather on both days, Homa fought back one stroke at a time. Ending up at -8 after the last day of the tournament, Homa edged out Matt Fitzpatrick, Cameron Young and Keegan Bradley, who were tied for second at -6.

In an interview with Golf Week, Homa shared that his positive mindset was key to his success. The skills Homa displayed throughout his win at Wells Fargo prove to critics that he is continuing on an upward trajectory since his PGA tour card was revoked in 2015 and was forced to earn it back by competing in amateur circuits, according to ​​Sports Illustrated News.

With this win, Homa improved his chances of qualifying for the upcoming PGA Tour Championship. Homa’s win pushed him within the top 30 in world golf rankings, putting him in good shape to extend his season into the second half of the year.

The Wells Fargo Championship serves as a fundraiser for Champions for Education, a non-profit organization based in North Carolina founded in 2002. Champions for Education works to provide learning opportunities for children by supporting local and regional educational organizations.

In addition to the tournament’s charitable proceeds going to Champions of Education, there was a $9 million purse split among the golfers who finished the weekend within the top 64. According to Golf Week, Homa’s first place finish won him $1.6 million in prize money.

Coincidentally, the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship also landed on the same day as Mother’s Day. After his victory, Homa shared a message on Twitter to his future son and wife, writing, “My soon to be born son is gunna have a h*ll of a job topping that Mother’s Day. Good luck kid! Thx for the support everyone. I appreciate u all!”

With his eyes set on making a run in the PGA Tour Championship, Homa hopes to carry the momentum from the Wells Fargo Championship into the rest of the season.