SAN MARTIN -- Former Cal players Charlie Wi, 41, and Max Homa, 22, are both in contention at the Frys.com Open after each shot a 3-under 68 in Friday's second round at CordeValle Golf Club on Friday.
Homa, playing on a sponsor's exemption, finished with a 36-hole total of 5-under 137 and is currently tied for 17th, with some late rounds to be completed. He's six shots behind leader Brooks Koepka, who leads the tournament at 11-under. Homa birdied his first three holes and had six birdies and three bogeys overall.
Wi, born in Seoul, South Korea, birdied three of his final seven holes. His 36-hole total of 7-under 135 has him currently in a tie for sixth, along with Vijay Singh, Scott Brown, Kevin Tway, and Billy Hurley III. Those players are all one shot ahead of Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa, who are in a group tied for 12th.
Homa, who became the first player in Cal history to win an NCAA Individual title in May, fought off nerves to acquit himself extremely well.
"I'm not too far off the lead, so that's what I'm kind of focused on," Homa said. "I feel like I'm kind of playing with house money in my first event and I can just kind of go out there play my game."
On getting a paycheck for his efforts, Homa thought of his parents.
"I was telling my parents, if I make the cut, when I get home I'm going to take them out to dinner for the first time," Homa said. "I've never had too much money in my life, so it feels really, really weird. If I can get a few breaks and make a few more putts, I think I can hang in there."
Wi has no career wins on tour but has five runner-up finishes, 21 top 10s and 55 top 25 finishes.