Fortinet Championship: Danny Willett beats Max Homa after dramatic finish

Willett appeared in control of the tournament before Homa’s stunning chip
-16 M Homa (USA); -15 D Willett (English); -13 T Montgomery (USA); -12 B Hun An (Kor), J Lower (USA)
Other picks: -11 R Fowler (USA); -9 M Kuchar (USA); -8 M Wallace (English); -7 R Knox (Sco), B Taylor (Eng), H Matsuyama (Jpn)
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Danny Willett bogeyed the 18th after seeing Max Homa hole a chip as the Englishman missed out on the Fortinet Championship title by one shot.

Willett, 34, was one stroke ahead of the runner-up and looked poised to win, lying three feet from the pin as the American faced a tough chip.

But Homa, 31, birdied, meaning the former Masters champion needed to hole his birdie putt to win.

Willett missed, and so did the five-foot putt that would have resulted in a playoff.

“Disappointing way to end it, but you know, the first event of the season, to be in contention, things are in a good place. We’ll live to fight another day,” said Willett, who shot a three-under 69 to finish. under 15

On Homa’s chip-in birdie from under the green, he added: “I was hoping to make it, but then it’s still a bit of a surprise when it happens.”

The late turnaround means Willett remains in the hunt for a first PGA Tour title since winning the 2016 Masters.

“It was a wild finish,” said Homa, who carded a 68 at Silverado Resort in Napa, California.

“The last three minutes are kind of a blur. But I played really good golf. I played solid.”

American Taylor Montgomery, making his fifth tour start, shot the best round of the day with an eight-birdie 64 to move up the leaderboard and finish in third place.

American Rickie Fowler showed signs of a comeback with a sixth-place finish after a closing 69, while Belgium’s Thomas Detry continued to impress as he finished 12th.

England’s Matt Wallace and Ben Taylor as well as Scotland’s Russell Knox were among the top 25 in the season-opening event on the PGA Tour.