Tour Championship: Max Homa frustrated with setup after placing career-best 62

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Max Homa put in one of the best laps in the history of the Tour Championship on Friday.

He’s got 10 more shots behind Scottie Scheffler heading into the weekend at East Lake.

Homa fired an 8-under 62 on Friday, thanks to five birdies on the first nine and then an eagle to finish his day on the par-5 18th.

It marked his career low and the second best round ever in the Tour Championship.

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But thanks in large part to the unusual staggered start to the goal at the event, Homa is still 10 shots back. While he wasn’t willing to criticize it for not having a better solution, he doesn’t necessarily think it’s fair.

“I don’t know. We talk about it a lot… I think we’re not football, we’re not basketball, we’re not baseball,” Homa said. “Just because the [New England] Patriots are undefeated, should we start them with a two touchdown lead? Because it feels like they should have won the Super Bowl that year; they didn’t. That’s football.

“But golf is different, and I don’t think this is terrible.”

It is easy to understand where Homa comes from.

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Scheffler got a huge advantage from the week of 10 under par thanks to his lead in the FedExCup standings. That gave him a two-shot lead over second-place Patrick Cantlay and an eight-shot lead over Homa – who came into play 2-under.

If players started the same way they normally do, Xander Schauffele would lead the event half way at 11-under, with Jon Rahm at 10-under and Scheffler at 9-under.

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While frustrating, Homa isn’t too upset. After all, he had a career day.

And, most importantly, with 36 holes to go, he doesn’t feel completely out of it.

“I started eight yesterday at the number 1 player in the world, so it’s not the best place to be in,” Homa said. “However, you could absolutely do – you could do what you have to do and then at least pressure him. So I had my goal in my head of what I was trying to achieve, and took care of it today and go try to take care of it for the next two days.

“It is of course quite a task. I’m not here thinking that if I just go out and play perfectly, I can win. I’d need some luck to get Scottie not playing great and then Xander and Cantlay. So it’s quite a task, but especially this week you have to go out at some point and just do your job and see where that takes you.”

Despite his 62nd round two, Max Homa is still 10 shots behind Scottie Scheffler heading into the Tour Championship weekend. (ETN/John Bazemore)

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