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Homa & Willett tied for lead
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September 17, 2022
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Defending champion Max Homa carded a 67 on Friday to take share of the lead at 12-under in the Fortinet Championship.

"I drove the ball unbelievable last year if I remember right," said the American. "This year my mid irons have been really good, but it's not too far off. My game honestly is -- weird to say, but my game from last year all the way to now, from this event last year to now feels very similar, which is great. It's just a testament to my coach, Mark Blackburn. It feels like I'm doing the same stuff, I'm just getting a little better at it, so it feels quite similar. I get on these greens and I feel like I read them really well. Joe reads them great, so anytime I brought him in for a read I just feel like we have a good eye for the greens.

"So nothing feels too different, but I'm happy that -- last year I felt like I was struggling a little bit around like 150 to 200 and this week it feels much better so some of these par 3s I feel a lot more confident on. Yeah, it's not too dissimilar.

"[The course] fits my eye. I think I know what to do when I'm out of position, I think that's quite important. And yeah, when I am in position, it fits me. I hit a lot of wedges, been hitting the wedges really well, so when you get a lot of wedges from these fairways I feel like I can attack the pins, and when I've been out of position I just feel like I know where to leave the golf ball. I don't know, I guess I just see the golf course pretty well."

England's Danny Willett, who has not won in the USA since the 2016 Masters closed with a bogey-free 64 to take his share of the lead.

"The rough is hit and miss and with the greens being firm as they are, to go bogey free is really good, kind of a sign of where we're at in terms of playability and where things are. So the field game's pretty sharp, the short game's been pretty sharp. So yeah, no, a good two days'work, but there's still a lot of golf left.

"I've been rolling it well for a while. Put the putter in a few weeks ago just before Crans in Europe and finished ninth there. I kind of got here this week and the greens kind of suited what I've been working on and kind of saw lines nicely straightaway and just kind of kept building on that and kept working, pace has been real good. So yeah, still early days, but a great position to be in."

Overnight leader Justin Lower of the USA followed up his opening 65 with a 71 and moved down into a share of third place at 10-under alongside South Korean Byeong Hun An who shot 68.

"Kind of is what it is. It's always hard to follow up that very low round with another good round or even low round, but I'll take 1 under today. Could it have been better? Yes, but it definitely could have been worse as well.

"Keep the pedal down. I know the weather's supposed to be a little different this weekend, but someone figures it out every day, that's what I've learned out here. It doesn't matter how hard it is, what the conditions are, someone figures it out every day, so hopefully you can be that someone or be close to that. Yeah, hopefully just keep playing the way I am and kind of go from there."

Lower's best result so far in the 28 times he has played on the PGA Tour since 2013 was T8 at the Barbasol Championship in January of this year.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2
T1Max Homa-126567
T1Danny Willett-126864
T3Justin Lower-106371
T3Byeong Hun An-106668
T5Taylor Moore-86868
T5Matt Kuchar-86868
T5Sahith Theegala-86769
T8Brian Stuard-76869
T8Ben Martin-76968
T8Robby Shelton-76770
T11Zecheng Dou-67167
T11Scott Harrington-66771
T11Matti Schmid-66771
T11S.H. Kim-66672
T11Ben Taylor-66969
T16J.J. Spaun-56673
T16Tom Hoge-56970
T16James Hahn-57168
T16Kevin Streelman-56871
T16Zac Blair-57069
T16Austin Eckroat-56970
T16Will Gordon-57069
T16Thomas Detry-56970
T16Stephan Jaeger-56970
T16Adam Svensson-56871
T16Brandt Snedeker-57069
T16Rickie Fowler-56772
T16Matthias Schwab-57069
T16Emiliano Grillo-56772
T16Taylor Montgomery-56871
T16Joseph Bramlett-56871
T16Vincent Norrman-57069
T33Austin Smotherman-47169
T33Andrew Landry-47070
T33Troy Merritt-47169
T33Chris Gotterup-47367
T33Greyson Sigg-46773
T33Alex Noren-47268
T33Mark Hubbard-47070
T33Alex Smalley-47070
T33Paul Haley II-47367
T42Adam Schenk-36972
T42C.T. Pan-37071
T42Gary Woodland-37071
T42Russell Knox-37071
T42Jimmy Walker-37071
T42Nick Hardy-37170
T42Davis Thompson-36873
T42Chris Stroud-36972
T42Kramer Hickok-37170
T42Wyndham Clark-37269
T42Doug Ghim-37170
T42Denny McCarthy-37170
T42Hideki Matsuyama-36972
T42Harris English-37170
T42Taylor Pendrith-37170
T42Matt Wallace-37071
T42Mackenzie Hughes-37071
T59Beau Hossler-27072
T59Nick Watney-27369
T59Cameron Percy-27468
T59Brice Garnett-26775
T59Andrew Putnam-27270
T59Chris Kirk-27468
T59Lucas Glover-27468
T59Brendon Todd-27171
T59Brandon Hagy-26973
T59Nate Lashley-27270
T59Jacob Bridgeman-27072
T59Michael Thompson-27171
T59Nick Taylor-26775
T59Aaron Baddeley-27369
T59Harrison Endycott-27270
CUTSung Kang-16776
CUTChez Reavie-17370
CUTAustin Cook-17469
CUTChesson Hadley-17172
CUTSam Ryder-16875
CUTPeter Malnati-17370
CUTAugusto Núñez-16974
CUTLee Hodges-17073
CUTLuke List-17469
CUTChad Ramey-17073
CUTTyson Alexander-16974
CUTSam Stevens-16974
CUTCarson Young-17271
CUTMartin LairdPar7173
CUTWebb SimpsonPar7074
CUTCharley HoffmanPar7470
CUTBrent GrantPar7272
CUTCarl YuanPar7470
CUTPhilip KnowlesPar7173
CUTCam DavisPar7470
CUTCorey ConnersPar7074
CUTRyan BrehmPar7173
CUTRichy WerenskiPar7173
CUTMaverick McNealyPar7569
CUTHarry HallPar7371
CUTTrey Mullinax+17471
CUTKevin Yu+17273
CUTTano Goya+17372
CUTKevin Chappell+17273
CUTPatrick Rodgers+17768
CUTStewart Cink+17471
CUTRobert Streb+17174
CUTJason Dufner+17273
CUTHayden Buckley+17075
CUTAdam Long+27868
CUTKelly Kraft+27571
CUTBen Griffin+27472
CUTDylan Wu+27373
CUTMJ Daffue+27472
CUTTrevor Cone+26977
CUTKyle Westmoreland+27373
CUTMatthew NeSmith+27472
CUTMax McGreevy+27571
CUTJoel Dahmen+27274
CUTKevin Tway+27472
CUTJohn Huh+27472
CUTNico Echavarria+27175
CUTRyan Moore+37770
CUTJason Day+37473
CUTCameron Champ+37176
CUTMichael Kim+37572
CUTJustin Suh+37374
CUTTrevor Werbylo+37176
CUTTyler Duncan+37077
CUTScott Piercy+37374
CUTPatton Kizzire+37572
CUTJohn Augenstein+37077
CUTRyan Armour+47573
CUTGarrick Higgo+47573
CUTCallum Tarren+47375
CUTSeung-Yul Noh+47177
CUTDavid Lingmerth+47573
CUTHarry Higgs+47177
CUTKevin Roy+47672
CUTAnders Albertson+47177
CUTEric Cole+47375
CUTErik Barnes+47573
CUTBrendan Steele+57772
CUTVince Whaley+67377
CUTDavis Riley+67872
CUTBrandon Wu+67377
CUTMichael Gligic+77675
CUTScott de Borba+77873
CUTDavid Lipsky+76982
CUTDylan Frittelli+77576
CUTAlex Lee+77774
CUTKyle Stanley+87874
CUTHenrik Norlander+87577
CUTDoc Redman+87478
CUTDanny Lee+87280
CUTJim Herman+97182
CUTTaylor Lowe+178180
W/DBrandon Matthews-35-
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Fortinet Championship 2022

Date: September 15th - 18th 2022

Location: Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course), Napa, California

Purse: $8,000,000

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