The golfer tries to block out the bad energy and wants to have a great week in Quail Hollow, a destination he had aimed for en route to qualifying at this Presidents Cup.
“I have always wanted to take part in this competition. It was a source of motivation. Showing up here is somehow surreal,” he said on Tuesday, still floating on the cloud of victory gained 48 hours earlier.
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“At my age, you could say it was a long time,” Homa said. It's interesting to watch that, because I jumped into the pros at the same time as Justin Thomas. We often played against each other. He followed a linear path as I have so often watched him compete in these team competitions.
“I appreciate this participation this year because I worked so hard to be there,” he said as he won the Wells Fargo Championship on this course. in 2019.
Another American has also heard and read taunts about him. Just like his compatriot, Billy Horschel, winner of the last Memorial, earned his ticket to Charlotte this week.
“What Max heard, I also experienced. People were telling me I was on the team only because some guys left for LIV. These are people who have no idea what they are talking about. If they had looked at the leaderboard before Dustin [Johnson] and company went to LIV, they would have seen that Max and I were in the top 12. So we don't mind at all. »
Homa and Horschel thus have additional motivation to perform at the height of their talent.