Max Homa Wears Mic for Third Round of Farmers Insurance Open, Discusses Golf Strategy and Jokes Along the Way
Max Homa is known for his fun-loving personality, which is often highlighted on his Twitter account. On Thursday, the PGA Tour professional had an opportunity to showcase his lively personality while wearing a mic during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines in California.
Homa finished the day in fourth place with a score of 7 under. He spoke with CBS commentators Trevor Immelman, Ian Baker-Finch and Frank Nobilo about different aspects of how to play the hole, including course management, shot-making strategy and other related topics. He inserted an AirPod in his left ear and the commentators began chatting with him as he approached the ball on the fairway. He talked about his strategy to hit a cut shot from the tee and the impact he anticipated the wind to have on the trajectory of the ball.
The 32-year old was also asked about his approach to determining whether to attempt to reach the green in two shots or opt for a layup and what factors he considered in making that decision. After dropping the ball to play his third shot, Homa joked, “I’m sure this is just in a peach of a lie.” He two-putted for par.
After the round, Homa discussed her experience with the microphone. He said, “I hope the fans at home liked it. And I hope that we can do something like that, if not the same thing, going forward. I thought it was good. I thought it was good to have insight on the golf course. Obviously it’s going to take us as players being a lot more flexible, but this is an entertainment product and that means we should entertain.”
Players have been outfitted with microphones in the past, such as in the various iterations of The Match, but this is the first time it has been done in a professional tournament like those on the PGA Tour. It's clear that the mic experience was enjoyable for Homa and hopefully, the fans at home got a different view of the game. With two more rounds left, we'll see if Homa can continue to bring laughter to the golf world.
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