Max Homa has that Masters ‘dog in him,’ is “ready for this moment”

Max Homa, who played in the 2024 Masters Tournament, had a reputation for not living up to his potential in the majors. He tied for 10th at last year’s British Open, his first top-10 finish at a major tournament.

His best finish at Augusta National was a tie for 48th in 2022. That’s despite Homa’s success on the PGA Tour.

But the Burbank, California, native is in a position to put that thought aside and compete in Green Jacket Sunday.

“I came here feeling grateful and grateful to be able to do that.” [play The Masters]. I hope I can do it tomorrow too. Remind yourself that you are a dog and that you are ready for this moment. ”

Max Homa at the 88th Masters Tournament
Photo by: Warren Little/Getty Images

Despite posting a 1-over 73, Homa remains in sole third place, just two strokes behind Scottie Scheffler, who tops the Masters leaderboard.

Homa played much better than the score indicated. High winds once again wreaked havoc at Augusta National. Only 12 of the 59 players broke par, and only two of them broke 70 (Colin Morikawa 69, Chris Kirk 68).

The 33-year-old professional is happy with his performance and likes his chances.

“I don’t know what more I could have done. I might have missed some putts, but I don’t hate the way I putt. I started the ball on the line a lot. The greens got really fast. . So we needed some holes to accommodate that,” Homa said.

In fact, the flat stick was the only part of his game that let him down.

Homa gained a stroke on the field He was successful tee-to-green, around the green, and on approach, but lost 0.12 strokes on putts.

He burned some of the edges. Had some of those fallen, he would have been sitting at the top of the Masters leaderboard.

Despite this, the six-time PGA Tour winner looks extremely confident.

“I’m a very good golfer. I learned that and I’m going to take that with me,” he explained reflectively.

Scheffler isn’t going to give it up on Sunday, so he’ll need to do that.

Kendall Capps is the senior editor of SB Nation’s Playing Through.For more golf coverage, follow us @_PlayingThrough On all major social media platforms.