Round 3 Interview With:

Max Homa

Saturday May 4, 2019

Q. Max, after a long day stopping and starting a couple times there, you were able to get in the house at 11 under. How do you feel about the position you put yourself in going into Sunday?

MAX HOMA: Yeah, all you can ask for is to have a chance. I think I did that today. Obviously we have a long 18 holes to go on a hard golf course, but I'm proud of the round. 1 under's always good here. I like how I played, I like my chances and I like where I'm standing after three days.

Q. Is this a course that as you go along you kind of are trying to maybe hold it on the road at some point and picking your spots and trying to be aggressive?

MAX HOMA: Yeah, it's interesting because you play 11, 12, 13 are tough, and then 14 and 15 are very gettable, then you're kind of not hanging on. 16, the way the wind's been, you can kind of get it past the bunker and not have too difficult a shot in. But 17 and 18 are so hard, you're kind of just trying to make 4 for the most part, have a look at birdie. Yeah, it's just a great golf course. There's not a whole lot of easy holes. Pars are pretty good and you've just got to sprinkle a couple birdies in.

Q. What's fallen into place for you this week that you're in the chase here and it's all kind of clicking this week?

MAX HOMA: Just that it's all finally clicking. I've had some great weeks in certain areas of my game, I just haven't had an overall good performance. I got a chipping lesson with Josh Greggory on Monday and my chipping has just been pretty bad all season, so feeling a lot more comfortable with that. It frees up the rest of my game. And I've been hitting it well pretty much all season, so it's just kind of like a matter of time type thing in my head.

Q. How do you mentally prepare for tomorrow knowing you're going out late and all the things that go along with it?

MAX HOMA: Same thing. I mean, it can't be a whole lot crazier than playing with Rors in the second to last group, so I can't imagine it's going to be a whole lot different. I prided myself in my kind of short career of being pretty good on Sundays and I like the moment, so I'm looking forward to getting out there and feeling it a little bit. Honestly, it's just a fun experience for me at this point. Just going to keep playing good golf.

Q. Max, do you think you'll be comfortable tomorrow?

MAX HOMA: I do. Man, I felt comfortable today, it was weird. It's fun, which is good. I think if you look at it kind of as something that's difficult, it's not quite as fun, but I enjoyed it. I don't get to play in front of that many people ever, so it makes the you know, the buzz is a little better. But if I'm comfortable today, I can't see why I wouldn't be comfortable tomorrow. I've just been asking to have an opportunity like this to just see where my nerves are at and I think today I did a really good job. I was surprised at how quickly I settled into the round. It only took about three holes, but I was shaking like a leaf on the first. It was pretty good.

Q. What settled you?

MAX HOMA: I don't know, man. You know, I've said it my whole life in these nervous positions, whether it's a final round here or a Saturday with Rory or a national championship or whatever, I'm nervous all morning and I get the club in my hand and it's just the same thing. I feel very comfortable when I'm playing good and I think that's it. My brain clicked in and I piped it off 1, hit a great 8 iron. I'm like, all right, same guy I have been. You know, it just makes I guess confidence kind of takes a lot of anxiety away.