Max Homa explains the savvy trick he learned to use in player dining

Max Homa has vaulted up the World Ranking over the last couple of years. Thanks to three wins, including his most recent at the Fortinet Championship a few weeks ago, he’s moved all the way to 32nd in the OWGR. It was only at the end of 2018 when he was 843rd.

Homa’s game has obviously gotten better, he’s gained more confidence and he’s even picked up a few other tricks along the way — like one that comes in handy in player dining.

Homa was this week’s guest on GOLF’s Subpar Podcast with co-hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz, and Homa told the audience about a tip he picked up from Knost. Homa said he’s trying to teach it to the Tour rookies.

So what is it, exactly?

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“I’m sorry to do this, but the rookies, by the way, I’m teaching them something [Colt] taught me,” Homa said. “So when we eat in player dining, ya know, we have this awesome free food for us, and we got these waiters and waitresses that are so great, and you tip them either every day or throughout the week. And sometimes I don’t have cash all week because I probably lose on like a Tuesday to somebody, probably Talor Gooch or something. [Colt] told me, ‘If you don’t have cash, if somebody else tips and you are the last one at the table, just take their little 10 bucks and put it in front of your plate. It doesn’t mean that they get any less money, but it makes them think that it’s yours.” [Laughs]

Apparently Bryson DeChambeau has also been one of Knost’s victims over the years.

“So my favorite story [Colt’s] got, is he convinced Bryson one time to tip 100 bucks, and then Bryson got up and he moved it front of his chair,” Homa said. “So I try to tell the young bucks [to learn from it].”

Homa also talked about the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program, DeChambeau vs. Brooks Koepka, how he’s found his confidence and more. You can check out the whole episode below.

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