GolfHoma wins 'Africa's Major' by four-strokes
─── MORGAN PIEK 07:18 Mon, 13 Nov 2023
“I walked down that walkway to the ninth green today again and I pictured a plaque with my name on it alongside all the other greats there. It’s awesome to add my name to that.”
Max Homa of the USA carded a final round of six-under-par 66 on Sunday to win the 2023 Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.
The world number eight, Homa, finished on 19-under-par for a four-stroke victory over Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark to become the first American since Jim Furyk in 2006 to win 'Africa's Major' at the Gary Player Country Club.
Another Dane, Thorbjørn Oleson, finished a further stroke back on 14-under-par for third.
Homa said the win caps off a memorable experience in South Africa, but now it’s time to spend some quality time with his son.
“I walked down that walkway to the ninth green today again and I pictured a plaque with my name on it alongside all the other greats there. It’s awesome to add my name to that,” said Homa.
“This is one of the more memorable weeks I’ve ever had. The safari we had last weekend – I just can’t put it into words. Then to come out here and put the cherry on top is fantastic.
I’m excited to get home and see my son. I left when he had two teeth and now he’s got six.
“The shot of the tournament for me was on nine. If you’d told me I was three under through eight I would’ve thought I’d be leading and I was rather surprised to be tied for the lead with Thorbjørn on the ninth fairway.
“My swing felt good and I wanted to make a statement to myself, so I hit a beautiful three iron onto that green and made a relatively easy putt. It was a good time to hit a great shot.”
The North West local, Hennie du Plessis, finished on 10-under-par for a share of 6th as the leading South African in the field.
Morgan Piek OFM Sport