Max Homa, 10 shots back despite rare 62, joins chorus of growing Tour Championship format frustration

ATLANTA — The New England Patriots don’t start the Super Bowl with a 14-point lead. Alabama doesn’t have a 10-point lead at kickoff in the college football championship game. The Golden State Warriors didn’t start the NBA Finals with a 15-point cushion.

PGA Tour player Max Homa wonders if the FedEx Cup Playoff league leader should have a 2-shot lead over everyone else before hitting the first tee in the season-ending Tour championship.

“Yeah, I don’t know,” Homa said Friday of the tiered scoring system that the PGA Tour uses only at the Tour Championship. “We talk a lot about it. I listen to a lot [media] say about it. I’ve been saying that lately. I don’t think it’s perfect. I don’t know what the answer is, so I won’t complain about it.”

“I think we’re not football, we’re not basketball, we’re not baseball. Just because the Patriots are undefeated, does that mean we have to start them with a two touchdown lead? Because it feels like this year they should’ve won the Super Bowl, they haven’t. That’s football, but golf is different.”

Homa’s comments came after he posted the second-lowest round ever at the Tour championship on Friday, a bogey-free 62 that still left him 10 shots behind leader Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler started the Tour Championship as the FedEx Cup points leader with a 10-under, at least 2 shots better than everyone else.

Xander Schauffele, who was fourth on points in the FedEx standings and started 6-under, made 4 shots in the last three holes of Friday’s second round, carding consecutive birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole East Lake Golf Club. After 36 holes, Schauffele is still 2 shots behind Scheffler.

Without starting strokes, Schauffele would be 11-under after 36 holes, Spaniard Jon Rahm 10-under and Scheffler 9-under.

Instead, Scheffler is down 19 after 36 holes and is 2 strokes ahead of Schauffele and 6 ahead of Rahm.

“I mean, it’s more doable, but he’s good at golf, isn’t he?” Rahm said von Scheffler. “And we have to keep going and play good golf too. It’s going to take a really strong weekend from me and hopefully not a strong one from Scottie. That’s kind of what we’re looking for.”

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Emma Bowman

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