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October 12 2013

7:14 PM

Top-10 finish within Homa's reach

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Max Homa has one tournament on his schedule for the remainder of 2013: q-school. Another good round at the Frys.com Open could earn him another PGA TOUR start, though.

Homa, who is making his pro debut, shot 5-under 66 on Saturday at the Frys.com. He’s T-7 at 10-under 203 (69-68-66) after 54 holes, five shots behind leader Brooks Koepka. A top-10 finish here would earn him a start at next week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He said a top-10 finish is on his mind, but, “Once you tee up it goes away and you just try to post the lowest score possible,” he said. A good round could help him "Jordan Spieth" it. The 2013 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year's surname has turned into a verb for earning TOUR status after starting the season with none.

"Jordan is almost one of a kind," Homa said, "but it's nice to see him do what he did because I've played against him. He's obviously an unbelievable talent, but it is nice to see one of my peers do so, so well right away because you just think, 'Why not?'"

Homa’s 66 was his low round of the week, but he also said it was his “struggle” round, the one round each week that a player has to fight through. He made eagle and birdie on his final two holes; he drove the par-4 17th and made a 24-foot eagle putt then hit a sand wedge to 12 feet at 18.

“The first two days, I felt like I didn’t get a ton out of how I played. I hit it really well the first two rounds,” said Homa, the 2013 NCAA individual champion. “Today, I got off to kind of a bad start. I didn’t really hit it that well, but I hit enough good shots to make birdies. I just put myself behind the 8-ball a a lot. Everyone has a struggle day, and to be honest, today was my struggle day. I just scored really, really well.”

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