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Max Homa | Fortinet Championship

By Cameron Morfit, PGATOUR.COM

NAPA, Calif. – Max Homa was 6 years old when he and his dad walked into the clubhouse at Vista Valencia Golf Course and saw Joe Greiner, one of the best 10-year-old golfers around.

Homa was star-struck. Even his dad was a little star-struck.

“There were two guys, two kids sitting there, Brandon Christianson and Joe Greiner,” Homa said after carding a 7-under 65 to win the Fortinet Championship by a shot over Maverick McNealy (68). “I remember my dad pointed to them and said, ‘I’m pretty sure those are the two best kids here,’ and I just remember Joe’s head was just enormous.

“It’s still big now,” he added, “but on that little body as a kid it really stood out.”

Some 24 years later, Homa and Greiner make up one of the most potent player/caddie partnerships on the PGA TOUR. In weeks off, Homa stays sharp in part by playing against Greiner at home in Scottsdale, Arizona. And on TOUR, their easy familiarity and Greiner’s intimate knowledge of Homa’s game pays dividends.     

“He’s an incredible caddie all the time,” Homa said, “but he’s particularly amazing when it’s firm, just telling me what he thinks numbers or where the ball needs to land.” 

Case in point: Homa’s pivotal hole-out for eagle from 95 yards at the par-4 12th hole. Greiner, having watched Homa scare the hole with a succession of wedge shots, told him where to land the ball. The shot kick started a furious finish – 5 under for his last seven holes – that netted the Cal grad his third TOUR title after playing from behind for most of the day.

Check out “Watts” in Max Homa’s bag below.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees) – Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 130 MSI 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting) – Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees) – Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX

Irons: Titleist 620 MB (4-9) – Shafts: KBS $ Taper 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 50-12F, 56-14F, 60-04L) – Shafts: KBS $ Taper 130 X (46-56), KBS Hi Rev 2.0 125 S (60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron T5W

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1