Max Homa rallied from five shots behind on Saturday to win the Farmers Insurance Open at famed Torrey Pines Golf Course by two strokes.
The tournament had a Saturday finish to not compete with the NFC and AFC Championship games. When the final round began, the story line centered around Jon Rahm’s chance to win his third straight PGA TOUR start and subsequently taking over the No. 1 spot in the world rankings. However, California native Homa had a different narrative in mind in capturing his sixth PGA Tour victory and fourth in his home state.
“Trust your game,” Homa said. “Yesterday was a bigger day towards the end goal than today really was because I had it, I had my game, I played awesome, swung it great, just did not make anything. Held it together and shot 1 under and gave myself a chance today to go play the same round of golf and let the ball go in the hole. I think just that patience has been something I’ve leaned on when I’m behind and knowing just how darn hard it is to win out here. There’s just a lot of great players and the golf courses are very hard. These final rounds are marathons, they seem to take forever.”
Sam Ryder had the lead heading in to the final round, but a 75 dropped him into a tie for fourth with Sahith Theegala and Sungjae Im at 9 under.
Rahm fired a 74, his worst round of the week, and finished tied for seventh at 8 under with two-time Farmers Insurance Open champion Jason Day.
“I think the week was nice,” Day said. “I had a lot of good memories from this tournament and the golf course itself, so to be able to come in off last week’s good play and then kind of back it up to this week was nice. So I’ve got a week off coming up and then Phoenix and L.A.”
Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau finished in a tie for ninth at 7 under.
Rickie Fowler continued his solid play with a tie for 11th at 5 under.
Xander Schauffele wound up in a tie for 13th at 4 under.
Justin Thomas and defending champion Luke List were among a group tied for 25th at 1 under.