Max Homa rejects reporter's Scottie Scheffler idea: "No, I want to beat his a-- pretty bad"

PGA Tour star Max Homa joked he would not be in favour of Masters champion Scottie Scheffler taking an enforced period of paternity leave.

Max Homa
Max Homa

Max Homa joked he would not be in favour of Scottie Scheffler having a mandatory period of paternity leave. 

Scheffler became the Masters champion for a second time last Sunday. 

For a brief moment it appeared Scheffler might've been stopped by Homa, Ludvig Aberg or Collin Morikawa.

Scheffler, 27, started the back nine at Augusta National one clear of Aberg and Homa. 

But Scheffler did not faulter through Amen Corner and pulled away with birdies at 13 and 14. 

You'll likely know one of the stories of the week was whether or not Scheffler was going to withdraw. 

His wife Meredith is heavily pregnant and Scheffler said he was willing to leave Augusta at a moment's notice.

"You only have your first child once," Scheffler said. 


Max Homa came unstuck at Augusta National's famed par-3 12th
Max Homa came unstuck at Augusta National's famed par-3 12th

Scheffler and Homa are both in the field for this week's RBC Heritage

A reporter put it to Homa that perhaps Scheffler should have a mandatory period of paternity leave. 

Maybe for about three months to give everyone else a chance. 

So would Homa be in favour?

"No," he said with a smile. "I want to beat his a-- pretty bad at some point. 

"So I'd be lying if I wasn't thinking a little bit about last week if Meredith did go into labour.".

Homa, 33, added: "The beauty of this is you want to beat the best when they're at their best. It's fun, and it's hard. 

"That's the cool part about the opportunities provided us right now is that if you beat Scottie Scheffler pretty much any week, you've had a good week, and I think that's a pretty cool part of where our sport is at right now."

Homa said the gap between Scheffler and his peers is now quite large. 

"It's definitely unique what he's doing," Homa said. 

But he stopped short of saying that Scheffler's propensity to win with consummate ease is daunting. 

Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler

"I think it's inspiring," he said. 

"It makes you look at your game even more closely to figure out what you would do to get on his level.

"I think because of the Tiger era when he was just running through golf tournament after golf tournament and just annihilating everybody, it was probably more daunting because we had never seen anything like that.

"Scottie is tremendously talented and a hard worker and sadly, a better person. I wish I could hate him.

"But it's not utterly shocking what he does. He just does it over and over and over again. That's amazing. 

"I feel like he almost makes it seem very realistic that we should do that. 

"He just seems like he's playing on the driving range every day."

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