Max Homa says he pushed to keep cuts, praises LIV Golf for "brilliant" idea

Max Homa says he pushed for the PGA Tour to keep cuts as he admitted it isn't such a bad thing to imitate the LIV Golf League. 

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Sun, 5 Mar 2023
Max Homa says he pushed to keep cuts, praises LIV Golf for "brilliant" idea

Max Homa has revealed he was hugely in favour of keeping cuts as he defended the huge changes coming to the PGA Tour next year. 

It is absolutely no surprise he defended the changes, given that he was named on the Players Advisory Council alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy.  

Homa, 32, explained how he could go on 'a rant' about the changes that were widely mocked by LIV Golf League players. 

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The American, who has now tasted victories six times on the circuit, has seen all sides of the tour. 

We're sure you need absolutely no reminding that it was six years ago Homa lost his tour card after missing 15 of 17 cuts.

He's seen the tour as a rank-and-file pro and is now one of their brightest stars. We're talking Ryder Cup good. 

Homa stated he 'loved the changes' that were confirmed earlier in the week.

And he went further on the topic after playing his third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. 

According to a report by SI's Gabrielle Herzig, Homa actually pushed to keep cuts. In fact, he was 'one of the few voices' arguing to keep them. 

But Homa told the publication it's not necessarily a bad thing that the changes similar to LIV. 

He told SI:

"That's something that I think they have done which is quite brilliant. They have a guaranteed product and you know who's going to be there for the three days they play, so imitation is the sincerest form of…what is the saying? Flattery. That's not bad. 

Homa continued: 

"There are some things that they do that will end up being great. They got to make a model from scratch. I think that they did some things well. I don't love all of it, just like I'm sure they don't love all of what we do, that's why they left. It's not a bad thing that we kind of see eye-to-eye on that." 

So what about cuts? Xander Schauffele said before the a memo was released by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan that "emotionally" he was always for a cut. 

That being said, he contended the product was much easier to sell to sponsors. 

Homa said: 

"I was actually one of the voices—I did want a cut. I appreciate the cut. But where I do come around on that though, is the business men and women who have helped shape this idea of no-cut, they put forth the idea that, if you're going to sell this product to sponsors and they're putting up significantly more money, they want some kind of guarantee. 
"This is business for the tour, we get to just go play golf." 

Homa said he "completely understands" the position the PGA Tour is in now. 

His comments come as the aforementioned McIlroy claimed Europe should 'get in the mix' with designated events. 

Read his thoughts about that here

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