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Max Homa misses 2-foot putt and makes triple bogey, lets BMW chasers back into mix

August 19, 2023

Dylan Buell

It’s often said that one of the most difficult things to do in golf is follow up a low round with another solid performance. Well, Max Homa was in the midst of that during the third round of the BMW Championship.

Homa made 10 birdies during a second-round 62 on Friday to set an Olympia Fields course record. He made 135 feet of putts, which propelled him a two-shot lead heading into the weekend.

On Saturday, Homa reached the seventh hole two under on the day and holding a two-shot lead over Brian Harman. Then disaster struck.

Homa drove it slightly right on the par 4, then hit his approach shot back, right of the green. He duffed his chip shot and did not reach the green, then chipped the ball to 13 feet and three-putted from there, missing one from two feet, two inches for double bogey. So that's a triple-bogey 7 without a penalty shot.

The triple bogey dropped him to one over at that point in the round. He was four under at that point just a day prior. It also dropped him back into second-place tie with Matt Fitzpatrick at nine-under total, one behind Harman. However, about two minutes later, Harman made bogey at the par-4 ninth to fall back into a tie.