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Max Homa shoots 78 to open U.S. Amateur

Posted: August 12, 2013 8:19 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2013 8:19 p.m.
 

Max Homa’s final appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship got off to an ugly start on Monday.

Playing in the event for the fourth straight year, the Valencia High graduate shot an 8-over 78 in his opening round at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

That puts him in a tie for 224th place with one round of stroke play to go.

After Tuesday’s round, the top 64 players in the field of 312 will make the cut and move on to a match play tournament.

Because Homa said he intends to turn professional in September, this will be the last time he’ll be eligible to play the most prestigious amateur tournament of the year.

And after Monday’s round, it appears Homa will likely exit early.

The former University of California, Berkeley standout posted seven bogeys, one double bogey and just one birdie in the round. The tournament is being played at two different courses, and Homa will play Tuesday’s round at Charles River Country Club.

The No. 11 ranked amateur in the world tees off at 10:05 a.m. Pacific Time Tuesday.

Homa has advanced to the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur three previous times, including the last two years when he was knocked out in the round of 32.

Last year, he ended up tied for 13th in stroke play, which was his personal best at the event.

His best finish in match play came in 2010, when he advanced to the quarterfinals.

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