The Tweet Life

By Randall MellApril 30, 2009, 4:00 pm
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LPGA Tour _newMorgan Pressels followers enjoyed special treatment during the Masters.
 
For nearly four hours, the two-time LPGA winner gave her new legion of cyberspace fans a running commentary as she watched the final round on television from her home in Boca Raton.
 
Some play-by-play, opinion and gut emotional reactions.
 
Depressing ending for Kenny Perry, she shared at the end of the day. Played so well until the end, but pressure can get the best of you.
 
2009 Corona Championship
Morgan Pressel enjoys using Twitter.com to connect with her fans. (Getty Images)
These are the kinds of benefits Pressel gives the loyal following shes building on her site on Twitter.com. They get unique access into her world, including what shes eating for breakfast.
 
As tweeting goes, Pressel is the LPGAs version of Stewart Cink, the PGA Tour pro whos building an enormous following online. Pressels congregation may not be as large as Cinks, but shes just as prolific in her posts, giving her fans frequent daily tweets.
 
I want more followers, Pressel says.
 
As of Thursday afternoon, Pressel had 1,524 people signed up as official followers.
 
Pressel, 20, likes the notion that shes building a fan base in a way that allows her to control how she connects to them.
 
Twitter has been described as micro-blogging. Its a social networking system that allows a person to set up a web profile page and communicate in short text posts of 140 characters or less.
 
In Pressels case, its a stream of short posts at Twitter.com/morganpressel that gives her followers glimpses of what shes doing and thinking as she navigates through a day. How much she posts is up to her.
 
Twitter is a way that fans of me and the LPGA can be a part of our world, Pressel said. Anyone can go on Twitter and ask me a question, and chances are, for the most part, Ill answer them.
 
Over the last two weeks or so, Pressels followers have learned how much she loves the Detroit Red Wings, that shes reading Sophie Kinsellas Can You Keep a Secret and is a big fan of Kinsellas Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Theyve learned that shes addicted to Sodoku, watches Sex and the City, that her preferred steak is a filet and believes medium rare is the only way to eat it. Theyve also learned that she fixed the hair and makeup for her sister, Madison, for the prom and that she got a little weary of the high-school gossip she subjected herself to that night.
 
They also learned that shes in love . . . with her new FT-9 Callaway driver and the Mitsubishi lightweight shaft.
 
With no televised coverage of last weeks Corona Championship, and with Pressel enjoying her best performance of the year (tied for seventh), she was bombarded with followers wanting updates.
 
And you can count tennis pro Jim Courier among followers who check in on her. Hes a family friend who played against her uncle, Aaron Krickstein.
 
I like that I can say what I want and not say what I dont want, Pressel said.
 
Cinks the king of golfers on Twitter.com with more than 122,000 followers. John Dalys just getting started but has already built 1,577 followers in little more than two weeks.
 
Natalie Gulbis recruited Pressel onto the ground floor of LPGA tweeting. Paula Creamer, Anna Rawson, Meaghan Francella and Heather Daly-Donofrio are among LPGA pros with Twitter sites, but Pressel is by far the most active and enthusiastic tweeter.
 
That doesnt surprise fellow LPGA pros. Pressels known on tour as something of a techno wizard.
 
Morgans good with computers, Francella said. If I have a computer question, or cell phone question, its, `Morgan, what do I do?
 
Pressel turned Francella on to the world of Twitter and helped set up her site just a week ago.
 
Im still figuring it out, Francella said. But I like it. Its cool, its fun. Ive found a lot of encouragement out there from people who follow us. Its great to see what people have to say, its great for the LPGA. Its like the new Facebook.
 
For Pressel, its like having a cyber gallery to root for her on and off the course.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.