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Max Homa, Matt Ryan near finish of Q-School

Posted: December 16, 2013 10:58 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2013 10:58 p.m.
 

Valencia graduate Max Homa and Hart graduate Matt Ryan are coming down the home stretch of the two-month long grind that is golf’s Web.com Qualifying School.

On Monday, Homa shot a 1-over 71 at the TPC Stadium Course in La Quinta during the fifth round of the final stage of Q-School.

With just one round left to play on Tuesday, Homa is 17-under overall and tied for ninth in a field of 152 players.

On the same course, Ryan carded a 78 to drop him to 2-under for the tournament and tied for 106th.

The top 45 finishers at the end of the event will earn automatic exemptions to the Web.com Tour for at least a portion of the 2014 season.

The Web.com Tour acts as the most direct pipeline onto the prestigious PGA Tour.

“I really, really would love to have that top 45 because it makes everything so much simpler going forward,” Homa said.

To get to the final stage of Q-School, both players had to make it through stage one in late October and stage two in mid-November.

Both of those stages involved four rounds of golf.

This week at the finals, players have to get through six rounds, alternating between two different courses on consecutive days.

Homa and Ryan played the Stadium Course Monday and they’ll switch back to the Nicklaus Tournament Course today.

Homa, who won an individual NCAA championship earlier this year with the University of California, Berkeley, has played particularly well at the Nicklaus course this week.

He shot an 8-under 64 on Friday at the Nicklaus Course and a 3-under 69 on Sunday. He also carded rounds of 72 and 67 in two previous rounds at the Stadium Course.

Ryan, a former Fresno State golfer who has spent the last four seasons playing on the eGolf Professional Tour, posted scores of 72, 68, 67 and 73 prior to Monday’s round.

If the 27-year-old finishes the tournament outside of the top 45, he could still be up for “conditional status” on the Web.com Tour.

Meanwhile, at age 23, Homa is fresh out of college and just a few months into his pro career after declaring as a pro in September.

After winning the NCAA championship in May, Homa also qualified for and played in the U.S. Open in June and he helped the U.S. team win the Walker Cup in September.

“I don’t think of it as a heater or something,” Homa said of his successful year. “It should just be hopefully how it is.”

Homa tees off at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the No. 1 tee at the Nicklaus Course and Ryan starts at 10:10 a.m. on the 10th tee of the same course.

 

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