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The Golf Channel announcers noted that Maverick McNealy didn't look up or even acknowledge the roar of the crowd when Max Homa sank yet another birdie on the 17th hole, one that moved him into sole possession of the lead ahead of McNealy.
But it had to have an effect on the 25-year-old at this most pressure-filled moment deep in the back nine on Sunday, because seconds later he hit his worst shot of the day. It led to a disastrous double bogey and cleared the way for Homa to capture the 2021-22 season-opening Fortinet Championship for his third career title.
Standing in the tee box of the short par-4 17th, well within earshot of the green that Homa had just vacated, the sweet-swinging McNealy stunningly pushed an iron shot into a tree and it traveled only 166 yards.
The swing was "totally different than anything we've seen so far today," Trevor Immelman said of McNealy, adding that he had left the face way open.
McNealy had been leading for much of the weekend and looked in control of his game. The collapse showed just how hard it is to close out a win on the PGA Tour. The fact he eagled the par-5 18th to end up one stroke short of Homa only reinforced it.
On the other side of the equation was Homa, who is showing he quite clearly knows how to be a closer on Tour. He came from far back on the weekend with twin 65s,