Max Homa successfully defended his Fortinet Championship crown on Sunday in Napa, California, thanks to a misstep by rival Danny Willett at the final pennant.
Leading by two points after 17 holes, Willett only needed to set a four-foot putt to capture his first PGA Tour title since 2016.
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However, he proved Yogi Berra’s famous saying by missing his two chances to settle the case. The Englishman eventually bogeyed and had to settle for a card of 69 (-3), good for second place.
Homa (68) was amazed by the result and took advantage of Willett’s bad luck to win with a strike at -16. The American posted an excellent birdie from off the green in 18th place and missed just the second pennant to celebrate victory for the second time this year after crowning himself at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.
His compatriot Taylor Montgomery, who started the day in 37th place, impressed with a card of 64 (-8) and climbed the third step of the podium. Notably, he managed a 27-foot putt midway to pull a shot off par.
Canadian Nick Taylor made an excellent finish to move up from 17th to sixth place. He scored four birdies between the 14th and 18th pennants to deliver a 68(-4) card. Had it not been for his difficult second day (75), Taylor could have been in contention for the title, he finishing the contest at -11.
After three laps, leader among the representatives of the maple leaf, Adam Svensson (73), dropped back to 12th place. The British-Colombian could only score a birdie.
Mackenzie Hughes (72) and Taylor Pendrith (77) finished 25th and 67th, respectively.
A top 10 for Henderson
On the LPGA side, Canadian Brooke M. Henderson chose the best moment to present her best card at the Amazingcre Classic in Portland, Oregon.
The Ontarian shot 67 (-5) and moved up to tied 10th at -14. Henderson’s successes came primarily between the fifth and seventh holes, where she chained two birdies and an eagle. She played par or better on each of the 18 holes at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Despite a difficult start to the day, USA’s Andrea Lee (66) took the highest award with -19. After committing two bogeys in the first three holes, she rebounded well and parried five shots to the back nine.
The only other Canadian in the race, Alena Sharp (74), stumbled on lap four and finished in 52nd place.
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