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Golf: Homa’s run ends on day 4

Valencia graduate falls to 3 and 1 in round of 32

Posted: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Max Homa watches his tee shot on the fifth hole at the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. on Thursday

 

Max Homa had coasted through the first three days of the U.S. Amateur Championship.
On day four, the Valencia High graduate met his match.


University of Alabama sophomore Justin Thomas, one of the top ranked amateurs in the world, birdied the last three holes of the day to run away with a 3 and 1 victory over Homa on Thursday in the round of 32 at Cherry Hills Village, Colo.


Coming in as the No. 5 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Thomas spent the first half of Thursday’s round trailing Homa, the 32nd ranked amateur in the world.


This was Homa’s third straight appearance at the U.S. Amateur and the second time he advanced to match play, which he did by carding a 2-under after two strokes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday.


From there, Homa defeated Corey Conners 5 and 4 on Wednesday in the round of 64 before being eliminated on Thursday at the par-71 Cherry Hills Country Club.


His previous best performance at the U.S. Amateur came in 2010 when he made it to the round of eight.


This year, it was a late surge by Thomas that prevented Homa from moving on.


Homa was 2 up early and held onto a lead until he bogeyed the ninth hole to put the match at all square.


The scores stayed even from there until Thomas rattled off birdies on 15, 16 and 17 to close it out.


Homa’s senior season at the University of California, Berkeley begins on Sept. 9.


So far, his summer has consisted of a top 20 finish at the Sunnyhanna Amateur in June and a tie for third at the California Amateur in stroke play later in the month.


Homa also finished top 20 at the Western Amateur earlier this month.

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