Defending champion Ian Poulter may have been upset by Stewart Cink in the first round of the Match Play Championship, but at least Poulter is still golf’s champion Tweeter. After waking up from a dream he got knocked out of Match Play, he tweeted, “Maybe I should give @Tigerwoods a call and see if we can have game this weekend. We could have our own Matchplay. #Nothingbettertodo.”
Guess what’s special about today? Okay, I’ll just tell you — it’s the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship’s Social Media Day! To kick things off, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose will engage in a live Q&A via Twitter this afternoon starting at 4:15pm ET for about 15-20 minutes.
@reply your question to the three Tour players (@bubbawatson, @justinrose99 and @huntermahan) and they’ll do their best to answer them via Twitter. You can also pass along your questions to me and I’ll ask them in the media room.
Tiger’s been chatting with the media ahead of this week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic. And before you ask: no, he wasn’t talking about the indefinite suspension of his billion-dollar development project… or his continuing sponsorship woe… or his preference for Tupac over Biggie.
In fact, if you were to suspect that his press conference went something like, ‘I’m close. The changes are coming together… blah, blah… it is what it is… blah, blah… so thankful… blah, blah… winning will take care of Number One.’, you wouldn’t be too far wrong. (continue reading…)
It’s not what it sounds like unless you’re reading Lee Westwood’s Twitter feed, along with Rory McIlroy’s. Throw in the report that McIlroy recently split with his girlfriend of six years Holly Sweeney, then you may interpret it in a sophomoric way.
After braving the holiday travel mayhem and flying cross-country to Seattle, I was looking forward to a home-cooked meal and some R&R. You know, it was a slow news day — the perfect kind to spend seven hours on a plane. But upon landing, I turned on my phone only to discover I’d missed watching one of those Twitter melodramas that call for microwave popcorn. I mean, it sure would have beat suffering through Zac Efron’s hack acting in Charlie St. Cloud!
Continuing with this week’s “European players are more candid” theme, Lee Westwood has taken to Twitter to attack the PGA Tour’s decision to name Rickie Fowler its Rookie of the Year. He tweeted the following:
Sorry 140 letters is not going to be enough for this rant! Just seen Ricky [sic] Fowler has been given rookie of the year! Yes he’s had a good year but rory mcilroy 3rd in 2 majors and an absolute demolition of the field at quail hollow! Oh yes and on the winning Ryder cup team! Please! Is this yet another case of protectionism by the pga tour or are they so desperate to win something! Wouldn’t have something to do with Rory not joining the tour next year? Maybe the PGA tour just employs the same voting process as Fifa! Come on, fairs fair!
Since the Chevron World Challenge is such a serious event (counts for world ranking points!), Ian Poulter apparently has some extra time on his hands in between rounds. Poulter turned to Twitter and had fun with the iPhone Fatbooth app, fattening up some of his fellow pro golfers and Lebron James. This composite of all the photos comes via Devil Ball Golf.
I couldn’t stop laughing last night. (But apparently Poulter dug up a real picture of Phil circa 2007-2008, instead? And a current one of Monty?) I believe it all started last week during a Twitter exchange between Westwood and Poulter, where Poulter clowned on the formerly chubby Westy.
A few weeks ago, Tiger Woods broke the internet when he sent his first tweet, “What’s up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!” Within a day, he racked up over 250,000 followers, but he hasn’t been very active — which is fine — it takes a some time to get used to interacting with strangers. (Unless your name is Lee Westwood.) Well, Tiger made the next step on Tuesday afternoon and interacted with his 278,396 followers via @reply (he tweeted the picture above). The lesson? He’s just as boring as we always thought (at least pre-scandal).
In a year plagued by strange rules infractions, it’s almost fitting that Ian Poulter capped off the year with another one at the Dubai World Championship. On the second playoff hole against Robert Karlsson, Poulter was bending over to replace his ball when he dropped it, causing it to fall and move his “lucky” marker. He was assessed a one-stroke penalty and instead of putting for birdie to force another extra hole, he was going for par and he missed the 40-footer.
World’s No. 1 ranked-golfer Lee Westwood jumped on the Twitter bandwagon the week after Tiger Woods gave his version of “Hello, Tweeps!” just a week earlier. While Americans were preparing for Thanksgiving dinner, Westwood, who was playing at the European Tour’s Dubai World Championship, wrote his first tweet: “I’ve eventually succumbed to tweeting. Here goes! I can’t be any worse at it than Flintoff and Vaughny!” He sure hasn’t disappointed. In fact, Westwood is a natural at poking fun of his European golf Twitter pals and endearing fans in 140 characters.