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    Max Homa shares the lead in quest to defend Fortinet Championship

    Max Homa is in search of a title protection and his sixth profession PGA Tour victory,

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    Max Homa is driving excessive lately.

    The 31-year-old is anticipating his first baby later this 12 months; he’s a captain’s decide for Crew USA at subsequent week’s Presidents Cup, and he’s coming off the perfect PGA Tour season of his profession, through which he posted two of his 5 whole Tour wins.

    Oh, and did we point out he’s main but once more?

    On the Fortinet Championship’s midway level — the identical match Homa received final 12 months — Homa shares the lead with 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett.

    It’s been a dream begin for Homa, and never solely as a result of he’s opened with rounds of 65-67 (-12), but additionally due to the corporate he’s saved on the course. For the primary two rounds, Homa was paired with Cameron Champ and Homa’s former school teammate at UC Berkeley, Michael Kim.

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    “It was an ideal group,” Homa stated after his spherical. “I get together with Cameron very well, clearly get together with Michael very well. It was a kind of enjoyable, enjoyable teams, enjoyable couple days. As a lot as it’s competitors in golf or no matter, it’s good in between pictures to speak and snigger a bit bit.”

    That sort of familiarity and camaraderie could be vastly useful for a participant, and Homa stated he appreciates it when it occurs.

    “I observed that I’ve performed fairly nicely at occasions after I’ve been in teams the place I get alongside very well with the fellows or discuss quite a bit with them,” he stated. “I felt after I received at Riviera on Sunday, attending to play with Matt and Talor was a giant deal for me, so I sort of checked out that going ahead.”

    Issues will probably be a bit extra intense this weekend, because the pairings re-shuffle and Homa performs alongside his fellow contenders. However he says that’s one thing he’s studying to absorb stride as nicely.

    “You’re not all the time going to be actually near the fellows you play with,” he stated. “There’s a whole lot of guys out right here, however I’ve been making an attempt to do some higher job of, if I really feel like speaking, I discuss, and if I don’t, I don’t. I’m making an attempt to not simply, even when I don’t know the man too nicely, not shutting down and nonetheless attempt to be my jovial [self].”

    With 5 wins already underneath his belt, there’s little question Homa will probably be feeling good about his possibilities of defending his title and claiming Tour win No. 6 — however with eight different gamers inside 5 pictures of the lead, there’s positive to be loads of drama.

    You may catch the Spherical 3 motion in Napa on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

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