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October 10 2013

8:30 PM

Homa's pro debut includes penalty

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Max Homa, the 2013 NCAA individual champion, shot 2-under 69 in his pro debut on Thursday at CordeValle Golf Club. His round included a one-stroke penalty that Homa called on himself after his ball moved slightly while he was addressing a chip shot on the par-4 sixth hole. He made a 10-foot putt to save bogey on the hole, though.

Homa was happy with his debut, though. “Once I got the first two holes out of the way, I settled in,” said Homa, who is T-19 after the first round. “I told my caddie that I was pretty nervous all day, but every time I got a club in my hand I felt alright. I think it was a decent start.”

Homa capped his college career at nearby Cal-Berkeley with that NCAA title in June. The Frys.com Open was his first competition since helping the United States win the Walker Cup on Sept. 8. Homa’s Walker Cup teammate, Justin Thomas, shot 72 on Thursday in his first PGA TOUR event as a professional.

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