September 11 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Two members of the United States' victorious Walker Cup team, Max Homa and Justin Thomas, will make their pro debuts on the PGA TOUR at the upcoming Frys.com Open, the first event of the 2013-14 season.
Homa, 22, and Thomas, 20, were the only two members of the 10-man Walker Cup team expected to turn pro immediately after the competition. Homa went 2-1-0 last week, making a hole-in-one in his singles loss to Great Britain & Ireland’s Kevin Phelan. Thomas went 2-0-1, including a 6-and-4 singles win over Max Orrin.
Homa, of Valencia, Calif., attended Cal, about 90 minutes north of Frys.com Open site CordeValle. He won the 2013 Pac-12 Conference and NCAA individual titles in his senior year with the Bears. Thomas, of Goshen, Ky., helped Alabama to the 2013 NCAA team title. He was the 2012 college player of the year as a freshman, and won a school-record six times despite playing just two seasons for the Crimson Tide.
Homa made one start apiece on the PGA and Web.com tours, missing the cut at this year’s U.S. Open (73-78) and Mylan Classic (74-70). Thomas made the cut in three of four PGA TOUR starts as an amateur. His T-30 at this year’s Travelers was his top finish; he also made the cut at last year’s The Greenbrier Classic (T-46) and the 2009 Wyndham Championship (T-78) as a 16-year-old.