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BMW Championship, Max Homa takes lead

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Halfway point at the BMW Championship 2023, second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. On the North Course course of the Olympia Fields Country Club, in Illinois, the best 50 players of the season, but the brightest star of the second round bears the name of Max Homa.

BMW Championship 2023, results

The 32-year-old Californian took the lead with a stunning 62-shot round, by far the best round score recorded to date. With the beauty of 10 birdies (also accompanied by two bogeys), Homa brought his total score to -10, gaining 11 positions. If the tournament ended like this, Homa would lead the FedEx rankings, as well as rightfully on the USA Ryder Cup team.

The closest pursuer is Chris Kirk who combines yesterday’s 66 with a new 66 bringing his total score to -8. Three consecutive birdies and no bogey allow him to stay in contact with the leader. Behind him a couple of major winners: the English Matt Fitzpatrick and the American Brian Harman share third place at -7.

Golf aristocracy in the group of fifth at -5: Harris English, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and the top two in the world rankings Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy, After finishing first round in the lead, the Northern Irishman did not go beyond PAR in the second round. Round to forget for Jon Rahm who collapses in 35th place with a lap in 74 (+4). Also noteworthy is the withdrawal of Hideki Matsuyama, still a victim of back problems.

John Maxwell “Max” Homa (born November 19, 1990 in Burbank, California) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour.

On May 5, 2019, he won his first PGA Tour victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, three strokes ahead of compatriot Joel Dahmen.

Two seasons later, he took his second PGA Tour victory during the Genesis Invitational in 2021, after a playoff against compatriot Tony Finau.

Homa was born in Burbank, California. He is Jewish. In December 2018, he tweeted: “Despite 6 years of Hebrew school and the completion of my Bar Mitzvah, the most Jewish I’ve ever felt came after looking at a home with extravagant Christmas lights and immediately thinking ‘that electric bill must be brutal”.

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