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NAPA, California — NAPA After shooting a 5-under 67 on Friday, Max Homa moved into position to defend his title at the Fortinet Championship. He is currently tied for the 36-hole lead with Danny Willett at the Fortinet Championship, which is the season opener for the PGA Tour.
An eagle, four birdies, and a bogey — his first of the week — helped Homa to a two-day total of 12-under 132 at Silverado Resort & Spa. Homa was a two-time winner during the previous season and a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup that will take place the following week.
Homa remarked, “The path seems to meet my needs.” “I’ve been hitting the wedges extremely well, so when I get a lot of wedges from fairways like these, I feel like I can attack the pins,” said the golfer. “Today, I hit a lot of wedges, and I hit the wedges really well.”
The four-time champion on the PGA Tour got his start in college at the University of California.
Homa, who won the individual title at the NCAA Championships in 2013, remarked, “I’ve got a terrific support system here.” “I’ve got friends and family up here, as well as a number of individuals who respect the fact that I went to school up here,” the person said.
Max Homa and Danny Willett (Fortinet Championship)
Willett, who has not won a tournament in the United States since his victory at the Masters in 2016, posted a score of 64 without making any bogeys. Due to players defecting to the Saudi Arabian-funded LIV Golf series, the English player was able to maintain his status as a member of the PGA Tour for the upcoming season.
Willett shared his thoughts, stating, “Yeah, we kind of got handed a lifeline with the guys departing, which was wonderful.” “We kind of had to reassess things, and we decided that we’d press on and play a little bit more this fall over here, and we’re going to really try to get some points up early on.”
On the European circuit, Willett has won eight championships; his most recent victory came at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October of last year in Scotland.
He is yet to make a bogey for the whole tournament thanks to his eight birdies in the second round.
“You should know that the rough is hit or miss, especially considering how firm the greens currently are. To avoid any pitfalls is a wonderful accomplishment, “added Willett, who has finished in the top 10 on the PGA Tour only six times since winning his one and only major championship. “Both the field game and the short game are pretty crisp,” the player said. “The long game is pretty sharp.”
Both Justin Lower and Byeong Hun An were two strokes behind the leader after the first round. Lower had a 71. Since 2013, when he first competed on the PGA Tour, he has played in a total of 28 tournaments. His best finish is a tie for ninth. An shot a 68 after birdieing the 18th hole.
“It’s usually difficult to follow up a very low round with another decent round or even lower,” said Lower. “It’s always difficult to follow up a very low round.” “But I’m going to take the low road today. Could it have been done more effectively? Yes, but on the other hand, it most certainly might have been far worse.”
Four strokes separated Taylor Moore (68), Matt Kuchar (68), and Sahith Theegala (69), who were all tied for second place.
There were a number of players, including Jason Day, Harris English, Charley Hoffman, and Webb Simpson, who did not make the cut.
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