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.
 
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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.
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”