Today’s Touch: Some Priceless Twitter Moments

For years, the PGA Tour’s slogan has been,  “these guys are good.” And, it could not be more true.

Legions of people aspire to swing, look, and play just like their touring idols. And why not?

They get to play a game they love all year round, at the greatest golf courses in the world, and, if they’re good enough, they can become financially set for the rest of their lives.

Call it what you wish: a dream, a hope, or an aspiration. They’re good, and they get to play golf for a living. But, at the end of the day, they’re still human.

For the rest of us, Twitter has become an excellent way to connect with our athletic heroes on a one-to-one, real time level. Sure, you could always appear at a tournament and hope to get your cap signed by a pro, and perhaps catch a couple of seconds of conversation.

But, Twitter has allowed – in either a good way or bad – for fans to become more immersed in the lives of professional athletes than ever. And that’s just it, they have lives.

Why now, for a post like this?

Earlier today, I noticed that Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, and Tom Watson were shooting a commercial for MasterCard together and, quite frankly, their social banter was hilarious.

It was likely part of a social campaign by MasterCard to have the men include #Priceless into their tweets – which makes sense. Whenever a brand has socially-active assets at its disposal, they would be wise to use them – but, given each man’s natural gift of the gab, it made for some entertainment nonetheless.

A few selections of the best tweets are below, but I don’t think that anyone could top Poulter’s – one of the best athletes on Twitter, let alone golfers – where he mentions that Tom Watson just asked him to join the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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In Touch

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Hitting the Links – 

On anchoring. The PGA Tour vs. the rest of golf (ESPN UK)

Giving back, through golf. Nice story here (Toronto Observer)

Inbee Park wins LPGA event in Thailand after a disastrous final hole for Ariya Jutanugarn (Golf Channel)

The Ryder Cup signs it’s first global sponsor (Global Golf Post)

In honour of the Oscars, Golf Digest pulled together the top-15 golf scenes in movies of all time. My favourite is here (Golf Digest)

Who is the best American golfer without a major? Just a hint, it’s not Matt Kuchar (Yahoo! Devil Ball)

The LPGA: the most fan-friendly sports league in the world (Golf.com)

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Photo of the Week – 

Pick any from the WGC-Accenture Snow Day. This is one of the best (Source: REUTERS)
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