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Homa wins BMW Pro-Am, $117,000 prize

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Published on Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Julie McCombs

"It was great playing with someone (Janet Jones-Gretzky) so famous because I got to fly under the radar,"

Max Homa

BMW Pro-Am winner



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Matt Davidson, former Furman golfer, was tied for the lead after the third round Saturday but faltered Sunday.
 

Julie McCombs

Matt Davidson, former Furman golfer, was tied for the lead after the third round Saturday but faltered Sunday.

 



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Golfers were asked to sign hats and balls.
 

Julie McCombs

Golfers were asked to sign hats and balls.

 



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Gregory Itzin, an actor from

Julie McCombs

Gregory Itzin, an actor from "24" played in the final round of the BMW Pro-Am.



Max Homa won the BMW Charity Pro-Am Sunday with a one-stroke win over Jonathan Randolph that concluded at the Thornblade Club. Homa, the 2013 NCAA Champion, finished with a 20-under par 266.

Homa’s final round, a bogey-free, 8-under 63 earned him the $117,000 prize for his first Web.com Tour championship. He vaulted from 64th to ninth on the money list with $142,155.

It was Homa’s first career win on the Web.com Tour. He had an eagle and two birdies in his first four holes.

“It’s surreal. It’s emotional,” said Homa. “I didn’t win a lot in college and to come out and do it quickly means a lot to me and gives me a lot of confidence for wherever I may wind up at the end of the year.”

Homa and celebrity partner Janet Jones-Gretzky wound up tied for ninth in the pro-am portion of the event. The pair finished at 35-under par but well behind the 44-under total put up by Canadian pro Adam Hadwin and hockey superstar, and Janet’s husband, Wayne Gretzky.

“She was so nice and it was cool playing with her,” he said of Jones-Gretzky. “It was fun to compete with her. It was great playing with someone so famous because I got to fly under the radar while she was getting all of the attention from the television cameras and fans.”

“This course fit my eye better than the others for some reason,” said Homa. “It was a huge start. It really set the tone because I didn’t have to play catch-up too much. It really calmed my nerves. I knew I had to keep my emotions in check.”

Max Homa becomes the eighth player in tournament history to make this event their first career win. The last to do it was Mark Anderson in 2013.

 

 

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