| Homa beats Finau in playoff to rob PGA title at Riviera

Fatherland hero Max Homa parred the 2d playoff hole Sunday to defeat Tony Finau and rob the PGA Genesis Invitational after both had botched immediate putts for the title.

Finau overlooked a par putt from honest inside of 10 feet on the par-3 14th at Riviera Nation Club to present Homa his 2d career crown after the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

“I’ve been watching this tournament my complete lifestyles. Or now not it is why I plunge in love with golf,” said an emotional Homa, who grew up in inside of sight Burbank.

“I did now not judge it would possibly well surely feel cherish this… I’m hoping that is honest more or less the foundation.”

The 30-one year-aged American fired a bogey-free 5-under par 66 to perform 72 holes level with compatriot Finau, who shot 64, at 12-under 272 at the Tiger Woods-hosted match.

Homa change into among 23 gamers who had to perform their third spherical Sunday morning after excessive winds Saturday produced unplayable stipulations for fair about four hours. In 25 total holes Sunday, he by no technique made a bogey.

“I got it accomplished. I am very proud,” he said. “Having fun with cherish Tiger at the present time.”

He also when put next himself to 2 various reigning Los Angeles champions, the NBA’s Lakers and Predominant League Baseball’s Dodgers.

“Metropolis of Champions – Dodgers, Lakers and me now,” he said. “Or now not it is a outlandish feeling.”

World amount 15 Finau and 91st-ranked Homa both overtook 54-hole chief Sam Burns down the stretch in the final spherical, then every squandered an opportunity at victory.

Homa dropped a wedge shot at the 72nd hole handiest three feet from the cup, nonetheless his birdie putt to rob lipped out off the left fringe of the cup, surroundings up the playoff with Finau.

The playoff started on the par-4 10th, where Homa’s tee shot landed subsequent to a tree. He stumbled on the green in two nonetheless overlooked a curling 10-footer, leaving Finau a three-foot birdie putt for the trophy, which he overlooked to prolong issues.

The duel moved to 14, where Finau hit into the bunker and Homa left himself 10 feet for birdie. Finau blasted out honest inside of Homa’s ball and got a read off Homa’s curling inch away out.

After Homa tapped in for par, Finau’s par remark rolled appropriate of the cup and he had to accept a third consecutive runner-up perform after the Saudi Global two weeks ago and Torrey Pines three weeks ago.

“I am upset,” Finau said. “I did now not attain the shot I change into attempting to hit on the closing hole and had it bite me in the butt.”

‘Bittersweet’ for Finau

Finau yearns for victory. He has made 127 starts since his handiest PGA triumph at the 2016 Puerto Rico Birth.

Finau has 21 top-5 US PGA finishes since the open of the 2016-17 season, the most of any player with out a victory in that span.

“I change into ready to to find some key putts and cease in it,” Finau said of his day. “I fell immediate nonetheless I change into ready to rob a complete lot of positives from it.

“Or now not it is bittersweet appropriate now. My sport is in a astronomical save of residing. I perceive how properly I am taking part in.”

Burns made bogeys at 12, 14 and 15 – the week’s hardest-taking part in holes – and couldn’t hole a 43-foot chip shot at 18 to to find the playoff, settling for a career-supreme third on 273 after a closing 69.

World amount 149 Burns overlooked out on his first PGA victory and an opportunity to was the match’s first wire-to-wire winner since Charlie Sifford in 1969.

The closing tour player to e-book for 3 rounds and now not rob change into South Korea’s Kim Si-woo at the 2019 Texas Birth.

Australia’s Cameron Smith change into fourth on 275 with 2d-ranked Spaniard Jon Rahm, Norway’s Viktor Hovland and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick sharing fifth on 277.

Prime-ranked Dustin Johnson, the reigning Masters champion, fired a 72 to portion eighth on 278.

American Scott Harrington’s aced the par-3 sixth with a 6-iron.

Leading ratings after Sunday’s closing spherical of the PGA Genesis
Invitational at par-71 Riviera (USA except current, x-acquired playoff with par
on 2d additional hole):

272 – Tony Finau 71-67-70-64, x-Max Homa 66-70-70-66

273 – Sam Burns 64-66-74-69

275 – Cameron Smith (AUS) 69-68-71-67

277 – Jon Rahm (ESP) 70-69-72-66, Viktor Hovland (NOR) 71-69-70-67, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 66-71-69-71

278 – Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-73-70-67, Wyndham Clark 67-69-73-69, Matt Jones (AUS) 67-72-69-70, Dustin Johnson 68-67-71-72

279 – Patrick Rodgers 71-69-70-69, Alex Noren (SWE) 67-70-71-71, Talor Gooch 68-71-69-71

– Will Zalatoris 69-69-75-67, Xander Schauffele 71-69-71-69, James Hahn
74-66-71-69, Jordan Spieth 68-68-73-71, Patrick Cantlay 67-70-71-72

– Rickie Fowler 70-71-73-67, Matthew NeSmith 70-70-73-68, Cut Taylor
(CAN) 72-69-71-69, Scottie Scheffler 67-74-74-66, Branden Grace (RSA)
, CT Pan (TPE) 71-70-72-68

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