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Max Homa tells what he expects from TGL if he plays on Tiger Woods’ team

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LOUISVILLE – Max Homa gave a quick lesson Tuesday when it comes to TGL, the interactive golf league led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

And he kept coming back to one word: fun.

“It should be fun,” he said. “I think you have to see it for everyone to fully understand it, like it’s much bigger than playing simulator golf.

“It’s just supposed to be fun. I hope everyone doesn’t accept it so it sounds like it’s a little too serious. It’ll be a serious competition, but I think a lot of it is just fun.” , with cool wave.”

Homa joined Woods’ Jupiter Links Golf Club, a team that also includes Tom Kim and Kevin Kisner. And true to his personality, the No. 9 golfer in the world downplayed his skills when it came to the team.

“I think if you look at our team, with Tiger and Tom and then myself and Kevin Kisner, I think they took me and Kev for, you know, our mouths off,” Homa said. “Tiger and Tom can play golf.”

Homa played the first two rounds of the Masters with Woods. He watched Woods make history in Augusta when the Jupiter Island native became the first to make 24 consecutive Masters cuts. But while Woods faltered this weekend, shooting a 10-over 82 on Saturday, Homa completed his best-ever major and finished tied for third.

Homa has an 8:37 a.m. tee time for Thursday’s first round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club and will be in another big group with Jordan Spieth and Jupiter’s Brooks Koepka.

That experience playing with Woods at Augusta, Homa said, will help him in the second major of the season.

“I’ve learned that I can manage my nerves,” he said. “It was a long week just on the butterfly side. The first two days I played with Tiger with some weather, a couple of long days, and then I was in the last group on Saturday and the penultimate group on Sunday.”

Of course, when TGL debuts in January, the atmosphere will be completely different.

“The facility is insane,” Homa said. “It’s just like grass and you can customize the putting green and it will be very unique. So I think it will be fun.

“And that kind of intimate environment should bring out a little more personality, and as I’ve been talking about for months, all of this should be just for the fans. I feel like this is something that leans toward the experience of the fans.”

TGL, backed by TMRW Sports, is gearing up for its inaugural season, which kicks off on January 7. The competition will be played in Palm Beach Gardens at a venue being built on the campus of Palm Beach State College.

Tom D’Angelo is a senior sports columnist and golf writer for The Palm Beach Post. He can be reached at [email protected].