PGA Tour: Max Homa won the Fortinet Championship in California despite Danny Willett’s breakdown on the 18th hole.
Before Willett three-putted from close range to finish a stroke behind his playing partner, Homa chipped in on the last hole.
Willett made birdies on the first and fourth holes, and a third gain was certain when he hung his approach at the eighth up over the flag and watched it trundle back inside three feet.
A 16-foot putt at the 10th hole curled in, and he holed from a similar distance on the edge of the 14th green for another birdie. He quickly gave that stroke back to take some of the shine off a good outward nine.
After two bogeys in the opening four holes, Homa recovered with three straight birdies at the turn, the highlight of which was a 30-foot putt on the eleventh hole.
The Englishman miraculously twice lipped out from inside five feet for a three-putt par that doomed him to a runner-up finish after he missed the hole with a bunker shot at the final hole but rattled his chip in off the flag to finish 16-under par.
As he shook hands with Max Homa, Willett could only laugh at his nightmare conclusion: “The last three minutes are kind of a haze.”
“I played solid – Danny and Justin (Lower) both played well but that was a wild finish.”
Homa is part of the American team for next week’s President’s Cup and said: “I’ve had a few guys tell me that if the LIV guys hadn’t left I wouldn’t have made the President’s Cup team, so I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder this week.”