Max Homa on PGA Tour designated event? "I didn't want to be there"

PGA Tour superstar Max Homa has revealed he 'didn't want to be' at Hilton Head after The Masters. 

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Wed, 24 May 2023
Max Homa on PGA Tour designated event? "I didn't want to be there"

Perhaps these PGA Tour designated events are taking their toll on the elite male professional golfers already, as Max Homa has admitted 'he didn't want to be at' Hilton Head immediately after he was beat up by the brutality of Augusta National. 

Homa and a number of top stars played the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links one week after playing the 87th Masters

Of course, playing for a green jacket would take a huge amount of physical and mental energy. 

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The champion, Jon Rahm, also alluded to wanting to skip the event but said he didn't want to let down those that had already purchased tickets. 

Rory McIlroy did no such thing and was ultimately fined millions of dollars in PIP bonus money. 

Speaking ahead of the Charles Schwab Challenge, Homa gave an insight into what it is like playing the week after a major. Brooks Koepka claimed the PGA Championship at Oak Hill last week. Homa posted a T-55 finish. 

Homa finished at 6-over par in Georgia in a tie for 43rd alongside Mito Pereira and Harris English. 

For full context, here is the entire exchange Homa had with a reporter:

Q. What are some of the challenges or even benefits of playing the week after a major?

"The benefits are the course feels easier. I don't know, it's tricky. Like after Augusta, I didn't have my game at Augusta, and then you go try to play that course for four days and find it, and that's just not ever really going to work too well.
"You end up being so spent from the chase that I got to Hilton Head and I just didn't want to be there. I wanted to just go fix what I needed to work on. I just knew I needed a bit of time.
"As much as missing that cut drove me crazy, it was nice to have a couple of days just to be by myself and work on some stuff with my coach and just get to tinker a little bit and feel right again by the next week.
"But the benefits of it at times are you almost in a good way let your guard down. You learn so much in majors. Last week I learned so much about what I need to improve on, not just physically, but mentally. I think this provides a great opportunity to work on those things. Everything's under such a microscope at a major for yourself that you see where you got exposed, and you can put that to good use immediately, having this event for me right after that." 

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