Homa denies Finau in Riviera play-off

23 February 2021 00:12:13 GMTPlus10

Max Homa emerged victorious in the Genesis Invitational on Sunday after claiming a play-off victory over Tony Finau, whose long wait for a second PGA Tour title goes.

Californian Homa produced a bogey-free final round of 66 to finish on 12-under-par at Riviera Country Club, but he missed a three-foot birdie opportunity on his 72nd hole that would have handed him the victory without the need for a play-off.

It's bittersweet to be in this position again.

Tony Finau

Finau, who produced a round-of-the-day 64 to finish alongside Homa at the top of the leaderboard, then squandered a putt that would have earned him victory at the first extra hole and the world number 13 was made to rue that miss, as he bogeyed the next.

That meant Homa only needed to par the second play-off hole to seal the win and the 30-year-old was able to hold his nerve in his home state, as he secured his second victory on the PGA Tour, following on from his success at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

Homa has also moved up to a career-high 38th in the latest world rankings and he was delighted to seal the victory so close to home.

"I don't know if I could ever do anything cooler in golf than this," Homa told reporters. "Just for me, for my caddie Joe, we were raised 25 miles north of here.

"We grew up idolising him, idolising Riviera Country Club, idolising the golf tournament. To get it done, it's almost shocking, but it feels like it just can't be topped."

For Finau, the wait for a second PGA Tour title goes on, with the 31-year-old now having achieved eight second-place finishes, with his only victory having come at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.

"It's bittersweet to be in this position again, but I never get tired of playing good golf and that's what I tell myself every week," Finau said after his play-off loss.

Both players will be back in action at this week's WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession, with Homa being priced at 56.00 to make it back-to-back wins on the Tour, while Finau is available at 23.00.

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