Max Homa is bidding to secure back-to-back Wells Fargo Championship titles.

Defending Wells Fargo champion Max Homa says he’s tried to altered his mindset to try and ignore any negativity as he gears up for this year’s tournament at Quail Hollow (Max Homa 28/1 – Wells Fargo Championship Outright).

Homa won the 2019 event and finally gets the chance to regain his crown after last year’s competition was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The American has just two PGA Tour wins to his name, the Wells Fargo Championship in 2019 and the recent Genesis Invitational in California.

The 30-year-old is expected to challenge at a course he knows well, although he admits he’s not always been confident about his game.

“I was not having faith in myself unless I was seeing results,” he said in quotes carried by the official PGA Tour website. “I’m trying to be a lot more calm and patient with myself.”

Homa has a tough field to try and get the better of in North Carolina if he is to successfully defend his title as Justin Thomas (10/1), Jon Rahm (11/1), Xander Schauffele (14/1) and Rory McIlroy (16/1) are all set to tee it up this week.

Homa, who is 7/1 for a top-five finish, admits he has been working on the all-important mental side of golf in order to compete with the very best regularly and he appears in a better place ahead of the Wells Fargo tournament, which is due to start on Thursday.

He added: “There’s a very small difference, but important difference, between being calm and being at peace. Not going up and down, but being peaceful and accepting. Standing over a shot and being OK with what happens.

“If a putt doesn’t go in, I can get annoyed, but I’d rather hit the putt I was trying to hit than hit a bad putt because I’m worrying about what could go wrong. That’s where the peace and comfort comes from.”

Meanwhile, Brendon Todd has withdrawn from the tournament after testing positive for coronavirus. He will be replaced by first reserve JJ Spaun.

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