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Homa Nearly Doubles Career Earnings With Victory

Max Homa and Justin Thomas both made their professional PGA Tour debuts in the Safeway Open in 2014 where Homa finished tied for ninth and Thomas finished tied for 72nd.

Since then, the two college standouts’ careers went in different directions as Thomas has gone on to win 12 times around the world, including the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, and Homa has struggled to keep his Tour card.

On Sunday, fittingly, it was Homa’s turn to celebrate on the 18th green at Quail Hollow Club as he put the finishing touches on a three-stroke victory that will certainly change his life.

“I used to say when I hit rock bottom I found a shovel and kept digging,” Homa said. “I went to some low places and there would be times when I would wallow (in self-pity) and honestly just hate my golf game, dislike what I was out there in what’s supposed to be my favorite place in the world.

“It was embarrassing at times, but it ain’t embarrassing anymore. It’s a cool story now.”

What’s also a cool story is the security the victory gives Homa, who cashed a $1,422,00 winner’s check, nearly doubling his career earnings since that promising start on Tour in 2013. 

Previously, Homa had made $967,555 on the PGA Tour and $540,958 on the Web.com Tour, totaling $1,508,513. His largest payday before Sunday was a T10 earlier this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he made $182,513. Two years ago on the Web.com Tour, he made $18,008 total. 

“I mean, I like money, but I don’t care too much about it,” Homa said of what means the most to him coming out of the victory. “The only goal I had this year was to make it to the Tour Championship, so that’s obviously a big boost there. Moving up that FedExCup’s sweet. The job security’s probably a little sweeter. I know it’s been tough on my family.”

Homa will play in his first major championship as a pro in two weeks at the PGA Championship. He’s also now in the field for the 2020 Masters.

Here’s the complete purse payout breakdown for the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

Finish Player FedEx Earnings ($)
1 Max Homa 500 1,422,000
2 Joel Dahmen 300 853,200
3 Justin Rose 190 537,200
4 Paul Casey 109 311,063
4 Jason Dufner 109 311,063
4 Rickie Fowler 109 311,063
4 Sergio Garcia 109 311,063
8 Rory McIlroy 75 213,300
8 Keith Mitchell 75 213,300
8 Pat Perez 75 213,300
8 Kyle Stanley 75 213,300
8 Jhonattan Vegas 75 213,300
13 Jim Knous 55 143,780
13 Seamus Power 55 143,780
13 Adam Schenk 55 143,780
13 Shawn Stefani 55 143,780
13 Vaughn Taylor 55 143,780
18 Chez Reavie 44 99,540
18 Doc Redman 0 99,540
18 Rory Sabbatini 44 99,540
18 Webb Simpson 44 99,540
18 Brendon Todd 44 99,540
18 Aaron Wise 44 99,540
24 Bud Cauley 35 67,348
24 Jason Day 35 67,348
24 Dylan Frittelli 35 67,348
24 Brian Harman 35 67,348
28 Patrick Reed 30 56,090
28 Ollie Schniederjans 30 56,090
28 Henrik Stenson 30 56,090
31 Lucas Glover 22 44,804
31 Hideki Matsuyama 22 44,804
31 Alex Prugh 22 44,804
31 Nick Watney 22 44,804
31 Cody Gribble 22 44,804
31 Sungjae Im 22 44,804
31 Martin Laird 22 44,804
38 Adam Hadwin 15 32,390
38 Matt Jones 15 32,390
38 Colt Knost 15 32,390
38 Sebastián Muñoz 15 32,390
38 Joaquin Niemann 15 32,390
38 Richy Werenski 15 32,390
38 Chase Wright 15 32,390
45 Ryan Blaum 10 23,131
45 Nate Lashley 10 23,131
45 Adam Long 10 23,131
45 Kevin Streelman 10 23,131
45 Jimmy Walker 10 23,131
50 Bill Haas 8 19,237
50 Hank Lebioda 8 19,237
50 Trey Mullinax 8 19,237
50 Zack Sucher 8 19,237
54 Daniel Berger 6 17,933
54 Roberto Díaz 6 17,933
54 Harris English 6 17,933
54 John Senden 6 17,933
54 Brendan Steele 6 17,933
54 Nick Taylor 6 17,933
60 Tony Finau 5 17,064
60 Brice Garnett 5 17,064
60 J.J. Henry 5 17,064
60 Kramer Hickok 5 17,064
60 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 5 17,064
65 Brandon Harkins 4 16,432
65 Tom Hoge 4 16,432
65 Luke List 4 16,432
68 Julián Etulain 3 16,116
69 Jason Kokrak 3 15,958
70 Wes Roach 3 15,721
70 Matthew Short 0 15,721
72 Fabián Gómez 3 15,484
73 Beau Hossler 3 15,326

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