A Winning Week for Homa, TPC Potomac and Montgomery County

Max Homa won the Wells Fargo Championship for the second time — his first career win was the 2019 Wells Fargo in Charlotte — and notched his fourth PGA Tour win with a 2 under par 68 that held off third round leader and 2011 PGA Championship champion Keegan Bradley whose final round 2 over 72 left him two shots back in a three-way tie for second place.

Homa, 31, takes home the $1,620,000 winner’s check and moves up from 20th to 6th in the FedExCup standings. After the round which was played on Mother’s Day, the California native talked about his recent revelation that he and his wife Lacey are expecting a baby boy later this year. “Yeah, sometimes my life feels too good to be true and this is one of those cases. It was cool. We joke about it, but the perspective of knowing whether I won or didn’t win, I’m going to have a little boy coming with my beautiful wife. It’s cool we won, but end of the day that’s going to be the biggest trophy.”

Local favorite Denny McCarthy led the tournament for part of the first round, hovered near the lead on Friday but fell back on the weekend after rounds of 74 and 73. The Georgetown Prep alum finished in a tie for 25th. He won $69,500 and 32 FedEx points in his quest to finish in the top 125 which would qualify him for the FedExCup playoffs. McCarthy is currently in 52nd place.

“Man, it was a lot of fun. Even though we played in some pretty terrible conditions and I’m a little disappointed with how I played today, it was still a great week. Being home here in Maryland, being able to feel like I was in the mix there for a little while, it was a lot of fun. And it’s a little ‑‑ it stings a little right now, but I’m looking forward to just kind of getting back in this spot. I felt so close for so long and I’d like to feel the juices a little more late on a Sunday than I have.”

McCarthy garnered a lot of pre-tournament attention that only grew after his first round 65. But then the rains took over Friday and Saturday changing the storyline and creating challenging conditions and higher scores. Many marveled at he fact that despite steady rains Friday and Saturday, the tournament did not experience any stoppages in play. That was due in large part to the stellar work of Director of Golf Course Maintenance Operations Tim Connolly and his grounds crew.

Matt Fitzpatrick (67) and Cam Young (66) finished tied for second with Bradley at six under. Rory McIlroy, the highest ranked player in the tournament, shot a 68 and ended up in fifth.

The Wells Fargo Championship was the first PGA Tour tournament held in the area since the 2018 Quicken Loans National at Avenel.

Montgomery County Executive Elrich and Councilmember Craig Rice took part in the trophy presentation.

Rice, a devoted golf fan, talked to MyMCM about the importance of having a golf tournament here to get local businesses to come together and to bring attention to Montgomery County. Rice, Elrich and many others are hoping that a PGA Tour event will return to the area in the not too distant future.

Washington Commanders’ head coach Ron Rivera and his wife Stephanie, both avid golfers who participated in Wednesday’s Pro-Am, posed with Homa and his trophy.


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