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The 2022 PGA Tour season got off to a dramatic start on Sunday after Danny Willett seemingly gave Max Homa his fifth Tour title after a disastrous three-putt finish on the final hole of the Fortinet Championship.
Willet, whose only win on the tour was 2016 at the Augusta National, he was leading Homa by one stroke when his game collapsed on the 18th hole.
“Disappointing way to end, but first off the season. Like I said, to be in contention, things are in a good place. We’ll live to fight another day,” he said after the tournament.
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Homa hit an amazing 33-foot shot to birdie, but his title was in serious jeopardy with Willet just a three-foot putt away from claiming victory. He hit his 3-foot-7 putt too hard. He graced the lip and ran 4 feet, 8 inches past the hole.
His putt to tie didn’t look much better.
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“[These] Things happen. Fortunately we’ve been in a good position all week and then unfortunate things happen when you feel like you need them the most,” Willet said.
“It’s a shame how it ended, but I’m pretty sure those are the only short putts we missed all week. It’s a shame to do it when I did. One of those things. Sometimes you wish you could rewind time.” We learn from it and move on.”
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Homa finished the day 4-under 66 for a total of 16-under 272 and now heads to Charlotte, North Carolina as the captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup with three wins in the last 12 months.
“That was crazy. I still don’t really know what happened,” said Homa. “Just like one of those weekends where you had to hang out.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.