Golf’s Masterful Mob of Tweeters
April 11th, 2011


Professional golfers are big-time tweeters, perhaps because they are so mobile. They scatter themselves around the world every week as they compete in tournaments on six continents. In fact, at the Masters on the last day, there were players from six continents at the top of the leaderboard!

A story today titled Tweets of the Day: Sunday at the 2011 Masters captures the flavor of pro golf tweeting. The famed founder of the Masters tournament, Bobby Jones, famously said that “professional golf is played on a 5-inch course, between the player’s ears.” As the sampling of the tweets in the story shows, the communications venue for master golfers is now as wide as the Web.

Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old Irishman about to swing in the above image, led the Masters for the first 3 days, and then dropped some key shots in the 4th round to fall out of contention. Three McIlroy tweets illustrate the intimacy and reach of tweeting among the pro-golf mob:

Rory McIlroy, professional golfer: Thank you to everyone for all your kind words and messages of support. I’m a little overwhelmed! Very much appreciated!

More from McIlroy: Oh and congratulations charl schwartzel!! Great player and even better guy! Very happy for him and his family!

Joe Posnanski, Sports Illustrated: Rory Mcllroy is pure class. He unraveled in front of the world. “Character building, I hope,” he said.

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