Max Homa takes Masters by storm with impressive Friday Augusta National marathon

Max Homa got off to a strong start Friday, finishing the first round of the Masters with a 5-under 67.

Homa had to battle the wind for most of the second round at Augusta National, but still found a way to stay under par, sealing the deal with a 1-under 71 to finish the tournament at 6 under.

His 36-hole total of 6-under 138 is his career low in a major tournament.

Homa currently has a one-shot lead over leader Bryson DeChambeau, who is still dealing with strong winds on the course.

In the first round, he made seven birdies and two bogeys. However, during the second round, his putter became cold. My score did not improve with 2 birdies and 1 bogey.World No.11 Golfer had to be crushed Out par after par.

However, considering how the wind affects players, par is a good score on almost any hole.

The flat bar wasn’t the only thing the California native failed at. Homa hit 86 percent of fairways in the first round, but only 57 percent in his second 18 holes. However, he improved on the greens, hitting 15 of 18 shots.

The wind gave everyone trouble, but it’s incredible that Homa was able to stay below par in these conditions.

The former Cal Berkeley golfer played alongside Tiger Woods and Jason Day, some of his heroes.

Many players may find it difficult, but Homa enjoyed it. He told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt in Butler Cabin that it was easy for him to get into his own little world because he wasn’t focused on himself.

Homa said, “As a fan, I was able to enjoy the last two days with a slightly better seat.”

Other than last year’s British Open, where he finished 10th, this is one of the 33-year-old’s best starts in a major. His best finish at Augusta National was T43 in 2023. Although he also posted a T13 at the 2022 PGA Championship, Homa has mostly struggled on the big stage.

He seems to have figured something out with the way he started the 88th Masters Tournament, but maybe playing Woods was the key all along.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.For more golf coverage, follow us @_PlayingThrough On all major social platforms. You can also follow her on Twitter @SportsGirls and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.