Days before his win at iconic Riviera, we captured Max Homa’s humbling return to his quirky hometown par-3 course


Other than winning a major, there was nothing Max Homa wanted more in his golf career than to win at Riviera. Homa, who was born in Burbank, Calif., and grew up coming to what is now known as the Genesis, said as much following his victory on Sunday, calling it “a dream come true.”

There is one feat, though, that could be on par with his Riviera win, and it’s not a green jacket, a spot on the Ryder Cup team, or any individual award. What Homa would really love? To shoot the course record at Vista Valencia’s par-3 course, otherwise known as “Chica,” where he learned the game.

“I legitimately have the course record at the hardest golf course in Los Angeles, and I would trade it straight up, no questions asked for a Chica course record,” says Homa. “We grew up here, it’s the ultimate bragging rights. No one knows about it but our core group of friends. We’ve played here so many times, you want the course record at your ‘home’ golf course more than anything. More than Augusta, more than anything I’d like it here.”

Just days before finishing off Tony Finau in a playoff at Riviera, Homa went after the course record at the quirky par-3 course, with some help from his caddie and good friend Joe Greiner. We were on hand to film the action, and while Homa was unable to shoot the course record, he and Greiner had a lot of fun trying.

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