Fortinet Championship: Danny Willett cracks and leaves the title to Max Homa

Incredible scenario in Napa, for the outcome of the Fortinet Championship which tipped over on the last green. While he had the tournament in his hands for a first victory on the PGA Tour since 2016, Danny Willet tripped 1.1m from the hole, as the win reached out to him.

A few moments earlier, Max Homa completely missed his attack on the green, then recovered by directly returning a complicated chip from 10m, on this same last green. A birdie for a total of -16 from the American, forcing the Englishman to return his putt to win. First try missed, leaving a new putt of about 1.5m to the former winner of the Masters, who will miss the next under the eyes of a dumbfounded Homa.

Willett will try to take things philosophically, after a 3-putts leaving him alone in 2nd place: “ These things happen, sometimes when you feel like you need them the most. It's a shame how it ended up, but I'm sure those were the only short putts I missed all week. It's just such a shame to do it at such a crucial time. Sometimes we wish we could go back in time. We learn a lesson and move on. »

For his part, Max Homa therefore retains his title, at 31 years old. The now 16th player in the world is the second this year to win on a back-to-back approach on the last, since Sam Burns at the Charles Schwab Challenge. It is also his 4th title on the American circuit, since 2019.

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