LA QUINTA, Calif. – Former Cal men’s golfer Max Homa and current junior Michael Kim had strong showings Friday during the second of six rounds of the final qualifying stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Homa (72-64 – 136, -8) shot an eight-under par 64 the PGA West Nicklaus Course to move up 77 spots into a tie for seventh on the leaderboard after 36 holes, while the three-under par 69 shot by Kim (68-69 – 137, -7) at the PGA West Stadium Course moved him up a spot into a tie for 14th.
Homa’s round tied for the second best score of the day on either course behind only the nine-under par 63 shot by second-round leader Chris Epperson (65-63 – 128, -16) and included an eagle, six birdies and 11 pars. Homa was one-under through six holes with a birdie on the par-four second before starting a hot stretch with an eagle on the par-five seventh after hitting a 3-wood on his second shot to three feet of the hole. He would then birdie five of the next eight holes on the par-three eighth, par-four 10th, par-five 11th, par-four 13th and par-five 15th. He chipped in for his birdie at 13.
“I had a tough stretch (Thursday) when the wind picked up, (but) I felt good coming in today after how yesterday ended,” Homa told PGA TOUR.com following Friday’s second round.
Kim was at five-under through 17 holes Friday on the Stadium Course with five birdies and 12 pars before a double-bogey on the par-four 18th dropped him one stroke behind Homa for the tournament. Kim’s birdies came on a trio of par-five holes (5, 11, 16) and a pair of par-fours (7, 12).
The winner and ties from the event’s 152-player field receive exemptions to play on the 2014 Web.com Tour. Players finishing after the winner through 10th place including ties are exempt until the third periodic re-order of the tour’s 2014 season, while players finishing after 10th place through 45th including ties are exempt until the second periodic re-order of the 2014 campaign.
Homa turned professional earlier this year following the end of his collegiate career at Cal, while Kim is one of three amateurs playing in the event.
The third round of the tournament is scheduled to be played Saturday with Homa and Kim both playing the Stadium Course. Kim is scheduled to tee off from the first hole at 9:20 a.m. PT, while Homa’s tee time on the first hole is 10:10 a.m. All players in the field are scheduled to play a single round each day through the end of the event next Tuesday.