Max Homa is considered by many the funniest PGA Tour pro on Twitter, having earned his 163,000-plus followers with a mix of blunt honesty, snarky humor, unending self-deprecation and Hall-of-Fame-level swing-roasting. Yet devoted fans of the 2019 Wells Fargo champ no doubt have noticed that Homa has yet to send out a message since after finishing his second round at the Memorial on July 17.
After shooting a third-round 64 at TPC Twin Cities to get within three strokes of the lead at this week’s 3M Open, Homa was asked about what his followers might think of his Saturday performance, in which he had eight birdies and just one bogey, his best score since February.
“I couldn’t tell you, I don’t go on it anymore,” Homa said. “Yeah, hopefully … I couldn’t really care.”
It’s no secret that the Twitter-sphere is over-populated with mouthy hooligans just waiting to tear down everybody and anybody who’ll put themselves and their feelings down in 180-character bites. Homa, however, had held his own against the haters and the trolls, making him a hero of sorts for taking on the worst kind of social-media flotsam.
Sadly, however, the constant jabs might finally have been too much for Homa, who recently signaled that there was a change a coming.
Also likely not helping is the fact that his game has been a bit up-and-down since the PGA Tour’s restart in June. Prior to this week’s event, Homa has played in five of six tournaments but made the cut just once, a T-41 finish at the RBC Heritage. That said, three top-10 finishes just before the break have Homa easily into the FedEx Cup Playoffs (he was 66th on the points list entering the 3M) and with any sort of turn around, he has a shot at reaching the Tour Championship for the first time in his career.
If this really is the end for Homa on social media, it’s disappointing. Homa had exactly the right voice and mentality for the medium. Twitter followers have no one to blame but themselves for this sad twist.
Here’s hoping a contingent of followers might be able to get an online petition going to convince Homa to come back. We’d hate to see the haters win.