Category: Twitter

September 26, 2013

Dufner, Watson, Kim featured on SI's Twitter 100

Posted at 11:03 AM by Pete Madden
via Twitter
@JasonDufner, @bubbawatson, @TheChristinaKim


Three golfers -- Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and Christina Kim -- were named in the third installment of Sports Illustrated's Twitter 100, accounts "essential to [SI and staffers'] daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world."

@JasonDufner has ridden the #Dufnering meme to social media stardom:

The 2013 PGA Championship winner may be a stoic figure on the course, but off it, he’s extremely engaging (despite his demeanor in the photo that launched the Dufnering meme). When he tees it up on Twitter, Dufner comes across as an everyday guy sharing his opinions on football and current events.

@bubbawatson scores points for honesty and accessibility:

The 2012 Masters champion isn't the most prolific of athletes on Twitter, but that doesn’t diminish the pleasure of the Florida native’s sunny, laid-back and always irreverent feed. Sharing a look inside his life on the green and as a father, Watson also engages with his followers through his #BubbaTalk hashtag.

@TheChristinaKim is just enjoying the journey:

With candor, style, irrepressible charisma and honesty, Kim lets you in on the life of a professional golfer. She tweets from everywhere – and tweets often – about her life, her game, her losing luggage and whatever else is on her mind. She’s also well-connected to players on the PGA Tour, and it’s fun to follow her stream of consciousness (and instructional takes) during a PGA event. A must-follow for any golf fan.

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August 11, 2013

Howard Stern corrects Ian Poulter on Twitter

Posted at 10:28 PM by Mike Walker

Ian Poulter is fed up with fans yelling after drives at PGA Tour events. The most popular exclamations are probably "mashed potatoes!" and "Baba Booey!" But while the provenance of "mashed potatoes" is murky, "Baba Booey" is the nickname of Howard Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate and a touchstone for Stern fans everywhere. Golf fans especially like to yell "Baba Booey!" at Keegan Bradley. a self-professed Stern fanatic. However, the phrase must sound a little strange to Ian Poulter, whose tweet about "baba boo" received a correction from the King of All Media himself.


Poulter quickly responded:



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June 02, 2013

Butch Harmon quits Twitter after Nick Watney comment

Posted at 4:01 PM by Mike Walker

Harmon_blogGolf coach Butch Harmon announced he was quitting Twitter after making a comment about his student Nick Watney's poor play on the social-networking service.

After Watney shot 82-77 to miss the cut at the Memorial, Harmon tweeted: "Wow N Watney +15, didn’t see this coming. Must be having some personal problems.” A few minutes later, Harmon posted a follow-up tweet: "Or some physical problems he can’t shoot that high."

Golfweek's Alex Miceli asked Watney about Harmon's tweet; Watney's response: "Interesting. No comment." Then Miceli talked to Harmon:

Harmon spoke about the posts after the fact.

"It was a mistake on my part, I love the kid like a son," Harmon said remorsefully by cellphone. " I was more frustrated than anything for him that he played the way he played. When he was here last week, I'd never seen him hit it better. I didn't mean to offend anyone and look forward to working with Nick to get ready for Merion."

Harmon had echoed those thoughts in another Twitter post as well:

"Don't mean to upset all the Watney fans was just thinking out (loud) .Nick is like a son to me I love him .He will be fine by the US Open."

Harmon chimed in via Twitter one more time Friday:

"Thank you to all of you who have chosen to follow me, but after a big mistake today I'm off twitter best to all . By By" -- by evening his account was still active, with no further posts.

In addition to Watney, Harmon works with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, and coached Tiger Woods for years. Harmon caused a minor stir on Twitter earlier this year when he posted that his student Natalie Gulbis had malaria. Gulbis' agent initially denied that Gulbis had malaria, but it turned out that Harmon was correct.

Photo: Getty Images

May 21, 2013

Tour pros have mixed responses to anchored putting ban

Posted at 5:55 PM by Coleman McDowell

166643451Tour pros were vocal when the anchored putting ban was proposed in December. When the ban became official Tuesday morning, players didn't have quite as much to say, but some golfers still voiced their support, displeasure and confusion over the ruling.

Tiger Woods made his feelings on the proposed anchoring ban known in a press conference previewing the AT&T National on Monday. 

Well, I hope they go with the ban.  That's something that I've said, that anchoring should not be a part of the game.  It should be mandatory to have to swing all 14 clubs.  There are different ways of making the butt end of the club move.  You've seen it with Bernhard Langer when he won the Masters putting against his forearm, what Kuch does putting against his forearm, as well.  But it's not a fixed point; the butt end does travel.  So I think that's where guys are going to try and ‑‑ will figure it out if that's the ban and that's where they go, I think it's great.

And as far as the PGA TOUR, I hope they do it as soon as possible to be honest with you.  I've always said that.  I've always felt that golf you should have to swing the club, control your nerves and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13.

Immediately following the ruling, the Golf Channel said that Adam Scott, Webb Simpson and Carl Pettersson, all high-profile anchorers, politely declined to comment.

Brenden Steele, who has anchored his putter since 2006, did comment, saying, "I’m going to putt however I can best get the ball into the hole this week and then deal with it moving forward. I’m using the [Matt] Kuchar-style because I feel like it’s the best chance for me to hole putts this week."

Corey Pavin said he didn't know if anchoring was a pressing matter for the USGA, but was glad the ban won't take place until 2016.

“I'm glad it wasn't made across the board where they just banned them,” said Pavin, who is competing this week in the Crowne Plaza Invitational for the 30th time. “They have been around too long, well, forever, I guess – the last 30 years or 20 years. It's a long time to have something legal and then make it illegal. So I think keeping the putter in play is a good thing. I'm not so sure that stopping anchoring is really that big of a deal as far as a change of a rule. I'm not sure if it was necessary. But that's the way they went and that's what the rules are now. Well, they are in 2016," Pavin said.

Other pros took to Twitter to give their opinion.

John Daly offered: "It's time that the Club Pros & PGAPros stop being pushed around by amateur companies when it only matters to 2 tourn British/USOpen why should we change our rules--again that's IMO. NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL....all professional organizations create their rules, PGA should also create rules as professionals in our organization."

(Photo: Getty)
November 28, 2012

Twitter Roundup: Golfers React to Belly Putter Ban

Posted at 9:37 AM by

Professional golfers, media types and fans had strong reactions to the USGA and R&A ban of anchored putting (that is, long putter and belly putters as used by Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Adam Scott and others). Here are the best tweets on the belly ban:

November 27, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Architect Tom Doak 'horrified' by St. Andrews changes

Posted at 1:04 PM by Samantha Glover

RoadholeThe The Road Hole at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

Famed golf architect Tom Doak said he is "horrified" by the R&A's proposed changes to St. Andrews' Old Course in preparation for the 2015 Open Championship. Doak, who counts Pacific Dunes in Oregon and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand among his designs, said the Old Course was "sacred ground" and should remain "untouched architecturally," according to The Scotman's Martin Dempster.

American Tom Doak, who said he was “horrified” to hear about the work planned for the historic venue over the next two winters, has written to four 
golf course and greenkeeping bodies around the world asking for them to support his bid 
to overturn the changes.

He described the Old Course as “an international treasure that should be guarded” and is disappointed that the R&A, having already played its part in stretching the course as much as possible in terms of adding new tees, has now turned its attention to bunkering and contours.

“I was horrified to read of the changes proposed to the Old Course at St Andrews,” said Doak in a letter he has sent to the presidents of the Australian, American and European societies of golf course architects as well as the Scottish regional administrator of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association.

“No longer content just to add back tees for championship play, the club (R&A) and its consulting architect, Martin Hawtree, have planned to move bunkers, add contouring around the greens, and soften slopes in other places prior to the next Open Championship. I have felt for many years that the Old Course was sacred ground to golf architects, as it was to Old Tom Morris and C. B. Macdonald and Harry Colt and Alister MacKenzie before us.

“It has been untouched architecturally since 1920, and I believe that it should remain so. I understood this to be the feeling of many other architects who attended the World Forum on Golf Architecture in St Andrews, three years ago. I don’t believe it should be impossible to change the Old Course, or any other historic course. But I think it should be a lot harder than it currently is, where only the management of the club and any consulting architect they hire have to agree.

“I think that the default position should be that such an international treasure should be guarded, and that there should be a high burden of proof that changes need to be made, before they can be made.”

Fans of the game have come together to display their opposition with the proposed changes, adopting the twitter hashtag: #savetheoldcourse, and even creating a petition to stop the changes.

November 23, 2012

Twitter Round Up: Thanksgiving tweets from the Golden Bear, Bubba Watson, Paula Creamer and more

Posted at 12:02 PM by
November 07, 2012

Twitter Round Up: Golfers on the 2012 Presidential Election

Posted at 12:20 PM by

Here's a look at some election tweets from the golf world:


October 17, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Rickie Fowler says Romney support is costing him on Twitter

Posted at 11:50 AM by Mark Dee

Oh, golfers on Twitter. They just can't seem to obey the separation of game and state.

This time, it's Rickie Fowler, who says his open -- though, by Twitter standards, wholly understated -- support of Republican candidate Mitt Romney has caused him to lose some followers on the social networking site.

Fowler tweeted about losing following after Tuesday night's presidential debate, during which Fowler retweeted Republican boosters Donald Trump and T. Boone Pickens :

Afterward, Fowler went big picture for his valediction:

At the time of this writing, Fowler still has 412,452 followers. He is, without a doubt, one of the most popular Tour players using the website. According to, which tracks followers on the social networking site, Fowler has only netted two negative days during debate season: He lost 1,375 followers in wake of the first face-off, and 75 after the VPs went head to head.

In all, though, TwitterCounter states that Fowler is up more 6,000 followers since Oct. 1, and gains an average 218 per day. And as for all those friends he lost Tuesday? Well, he gained almost 400 more Fowlowers.

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October 01, 2012

Ryder Cup Twitter Roundup: The morning after

Posted at 10:34 AM by

The Europeans celebrate their victory:

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The Americans react to their loss:

The European WAGs are enjoying the victory as well:

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