LA QUINTA, Calif. – Former Cal men’s golfer Max Homa (72-64-67-69-71 – 343, -17) and current junior Michael Kim are tied for ninth and tied for 17th place following the fifth of six rounds of action Monday at the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. The event being played at the PGA West Stadium Course and PGA West Jack Nicklaus Course started last Thursday and ends Tuesday.
Both players dropped on the leaderboard for the second consecutive day Monday with Homa falling four spots after a one-under par 71 on the Stadium Course, while Kim dropped 10 positions after his two-over par 74 on the same course. The players were tied for fourth at the halfway point following Sunday’s action before falling into ties for fifth and seventh place heading into Monday.
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.
Homa had four birdies, including three over his last four holes but he gave three of the strokes back on a single hole with his triple bogey on the par-four ninth. He birdied the previous par-five eighth hole and closed his round with birdies on the par-four 15th and 18th holes sandwiching another on the par-five 16th.
Kim had a birdie on the par-four second and remained one-under for the day until a bogey on the par-three sixth. He would also bogey the ninth, double bogey the par-three 13th and bogey the par-four 14th before making birdies on two of his final three holes by matching Homa’s birdies on the 16th and 18th.
Fourth-round leader Scott Pinckney (68-67-67-65-68 – 335, -25) remained in front after his four-under par 68 gave him five consecutive rounds in the event of 68 or better. Pinckney will start Tuesday’s sixth and final round with a two-stroke lead over Zack Fischer (75-67-66-65-64 – 337, -23), who had best round of the day Monday on the Stadium Course and tied for the second-best overall with an eight-under par 64.
Kim is scheduled to start his sixth and final round Tuesday by teeing off from the first hole of the PGA West Nicklaus Course at 9:30 a.m. PT, while Homa is scheduled to begin on the same course at 10 a.m.