‘It’s Wild’ – Max Homa Overwhelmed by Fan Support at 2021 Valspar Championship

Published 05/02/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Pacific Palisades, California, USA; Max Homa reacts following his playoff victory against Tony Finau in the final round of The Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Max Homa is enjoying his game at the 2021 Valspar Championship. The 30-year-old is eying a third victory on the PGA Tour and he can achieve it with a strong final round performance at Innisbrook Resort. Furthermore, Homa has got the backing from the limited crowd at the Copperhead Course as well. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has largely imposed safety restrictions in sport. However, fans are grateful that they can once again visit arenas or golf courses despite the limited entry. Max Homa shared a great vibe with the fans at the 2021 Valspar Championship. 

Max Homa is thrilled with crowd cheers at the 2021 Valspar Championship

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Homa shot a brilliant 5-under 66 in Round 3 and made his way to third place at Innisbrook Resort on Saturday. It was a tremendous performance under pressure, and Max Homa credited the fans for cheering him. 

“Oh, man. I heard a lot — I don’t know, it’s really hard to get over just the outpour of support, it’s wild. I guess even as a kid I don’t think I could have imagined that. So just everybody yelling, saying, Good job, keep it going, I’m rooting for you, just, it might sound boring, but that just means a lot to me,” Homa expressed. 

The Copperhead Course has several challenging holes, but Homa’s confidence propelled him to post a good score. He also picked the hole which gave him the most delight due to fan support. 

“It was loud. 6 was cool but 18 was loud. That was fun,” Homa said. 

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Homa played with a simple game plan in Round 3

The Copperhead Course is not an easy layout to master. While confidence can help a player achieve results, a notch above will lead to disaster. Max Homa knew he had to display a good performance to gain places on the leaderboard, but he didn’t let his thoughts get too ahead. 

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“Yeah, didn’t really look too much, so I just knew if I posted 4-under-ish I would at least have a chance tomorrow, but that’s all you can do out here. Moment you try to shoot 8, you’re in trouble. So, yeah, feel good to have a chance,” Homa mentioned. 

Apr 30, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Max Homa looks over the green on the 1st hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Max Homa made five birdies in Round 3 and managed 10 pars. But the highlight of his round came when the California native made an eagle on the par-4 sixth hole. Can Homa make a final round surge and clinch the 2021 Valspar Championship?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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