The top professional golfers from around the world teed off for Round 1 of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course Thursday.
As fans flocked to follow Tiger Woods and other stars, the PGA Tour’s newest winner, Max Homa, finds himself tied with Tiger after the first round.
Homa was ranked 836th in the world at the start of 2019. He is playing in his first Memorial Tournament after getting his first win on tour this year.
“I think finally people are looking at me as the golfer, not the Twitter person, so that’s kind of nice,” said Homa.
Homa is the pro golfer on tour known for his sense of humor, and he has over 51,000 followers on Twitter. Earlier in May, he won the Wells Fargo Championship for his first career PGA Tour victory.
“I’ve been enjoying it a lot, I’ve been playing well so that kind of helps, I was glad I didn’t kind of flounder right after. But yeah, it’s been crazy, I mean Tiger came up to me on the range this morning and said congrats, so I don’t think that was happening before that,” said Homa.
And in his first start at the Memorial, on the Par-5 fifth hole, Homa sunk a 42-foot putt for eagle to put him 2-under par on the day, which is where he finished.
“My short game was really good, made a few putts, and then swung a lot better on the back. Not the best day, but kind of managed some not-great golf, so that’s always good,” said Homa.
With his win at Wells Fargo, Homa has secured a spot in the 2020 Masters, and he made nearly 100 times in earnings with that one tournament win than he made in all of 2017.
However, his sense of humor is still strong as he aims for his second win on tour this weekend at the Memorial.
“It won’t change, I’m just going to continue to be myself, I’m just enjoying every minute out here and it’s been a great month and a half,” said Homa.