Max Homa said this would happen. On Twitter. You know how Homa, one of the funniest tweeters in the history of the PGA Tour, has turned social media roasts of golf swings into something we can all agree is wildly entertaining, right?
Well, in advance of this week’s 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities, Homa insisted he was inching closer to a breakthrough, even if recent results didn’t seem to bear that out.
Homa had missed four of five cuts since the Return to Golf, his only weekend appearance producing a T-41 at the RBC Heritage. And in his most recent round, the gregarious Homa dropped an ugly 78 in the second of the Memorial.
Yet there he was on Twitter, just hours after being sent packing from Columbus, telling the social media world he’d be ready to make some noise soon.
He was right.
With his putter finally playing nice, Homa rolled through an impressive 64 on Saturday, and he stands at 12-under par through three rounds, putting him firmly in the mix heading into Sunday.
“I guess it’s been, I don’t know, four or so months since I’ve been in any kind of heat other than the cut heat, so it was kind of nice to just keep doing what I was doing at the beginning of the season or the beginning of the year,” he said. “So I don’t know if I made a big jump. I know where my game is typically all the time and I’ve known it’s been really good. Just, like I said a couple days ago, the putts weren’t going in and it made me feel kind of anxious at all times that you just can’t really a mistake.”
Homa came flying out of the gates on Thursday, posting a 65 in the tournament’s opening round, but then fell back in the pack on Friday with a 1-over 72. The 2019 Wells Fargo champ insisted not much changed between Friday and Saturday, though, and he simply kept his wits about him.
“Honestly, I thought I played OK (Friday), I just wasn’t great. If I don’t hit the ball on the water on 7 near the end of my round, I shoot 1 under, which would have been a fine round in the wind yesterday. I didn’t put too much stock in the score,” Homa said. “I knew I was swinging it well, I just didn’t hit a lot close yesterday.
“So I came out today with a lot of optimism. I know my game feels very, very good, it has for a couple weeks despite some of the scores, but now that I’m making a few putts, it feels quite a bit easier.”
His card on Saturday looked eerily similar to the one he posted Thursday — Homa birdied Nos. 6, 7, 12, 15, 16 and 18 — and although he wasn’t sure at the end of his round how he’d stack up with the leaders, he was just happy to be in the conversation again.
“I’m not exactly sure where I am, but feel like it’s got to be pretty decent. Yeah, when you’re as far back as I was to start the third round, just having to do your best to make as many birdies as you can and inch forward, if that means picking up one stroke on the leader, if it means picking up two, that’s all you can do. So I felt that I did that,” he said. “Obviously, I went pretty low. That’s kind of the hole I dug myself yesterday, but giving myself a chance tomorrow to fire another low one and maybe chase somebody down, that’s all you can ask for.”
So how will Homa celebrate with his Twitter following, which is one of the most rabid on the PGA Tour? They’ll be ecstatic, right?
“I couldn’t tell you, I don’t go on it anymore,” Homa said. “Yeah, hopefully … I couldn’t really care.”