The golf press corps received a somewhat disturbing email this afternoon from PGA Tour Executive Vice President of Communications & International Affairs:
As you know, our media regulations prohibit the use of real-time, play-by-play transmission in digital outlets. In order to enforce these regulations, beginning this year, we will revoke the on-site credentials of all journalists affiliated with outlets that post play-by-play coverage, whether those posts are originating from tournament site or otherwise.
Thanks for your cooperation.
So I guess going forward, we will tweet updates in madlibs style, as Yahoo’s Shane Bacon has suggested:
Tiger Woods just hit ___ iron on hole ___ and has a good look at ____ .
Feel free to tweet @PGATour and @PGATourMedia or email the Tour brass to let them know how you feel about threatening to revoke our credentials if we live-tweet play-by-play.
After all, we’re not in the former Soviet Union. Or are we?