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Player Profile: Cal's Max Homa
22 May 2012
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: Max Homa Rankings, Max Homa Profile

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Max Homa recently helped the California Bears take home the Burns Intercollegiate title in blistering fashion. The Bears' junior went 66-71-72--209 to help Cal win by seven shots. The rising amateur has already seen success at the U.S. Amateur and was in contention at a number of top events last summer.

Max spoke with amateurgolf.com following the Bears' Burns Intercollegiate victory:

amateurgolf.com: When did you start playing golf?

Max Homa: I've been playing since I was two years old. My dad would come home from work and go to the range and I'd always be there waiting to go. He taught me everything I knew until I started working with a swing coach. He still helps me with my game.

AGC: Why did you choose to go to Cal?

MH: For a couple of reasons. I have some family that live nearby and I had been going to Cal football games for a while. It's a great combination school with great academics and athletics. It's an honor and privilege to play at and attend Cal. I was recruited by a few others but it was really exciting getting in at Cal.

AGC: What is your ultimate goal in the game of golf?

MH: I want to get on to the PGA Tour. I want to contend in some majors and I want to be the No. 1 golfer on tour. I know that may be reaching for the stars but if I get on tour, I'll feel like I've had some pretty good success.

AGC: If you could win one major, what would it be?

MH: I've debated myself about this. It's between the Master's and the U.S. Open. The Open is the biggest test of golf and will prove the most about a golfer but Augusta has all the tradition. I don't know which one would be more satisfying.

AGC: What does your tournament resume look like? Which events do you make sure not to miss each summer?

MH: I reached the quarterfinal of the U.S. Amateur in 2010. I don't know what could top that. It was the time of my life and went by so quickly but I can still remember everything about it. It really taught me a lot about myself and built my confidence. I also really like the Sunnehanna, which has a good field. The Players Amateur in South Carolina was great too. I almost won that. I also like playing in the Porter Cup and the Western Amateur.

AGC: Finally, who can you compare your game to?

MG: I don't know if I can compare my game to him, but I like the way Rickie Fowler plays. He lets it go and is not afraid of anything. He's my favorite player to watch. I don't know if I play like him but he has no fear. I'd love to play like him.
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