They have strong opinions and great personalities, but unfortunately they aren't expressing themselves in 140 characters or less. Here are the people in golf we want to see on Twitter. -- By Scott Yoon
Nantz burst onto the golf scene with his now legendary call during Jack Nicklaus's Sunday charge at the 1986 Masters: "The Bear has come out of hibernation." The smooth cadence of his "Hello Friends" lead-in is as essential to the soul of The Masters as Dave Loggins's theme song and spray painted azaleas. Equally capable of poignant prose and groan-inducing schmaltz, we'd love to see what catchphrases he'd deliver in his 140 characters.
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"The Shark" has won 91 professional titles around the world, including two British Opens, and the game may never see a better driver of the ball. But Norman is best be known for blowing a six-stroke lead on Sunday of the 1996 Masters. Tournament golf has fallen off his priority list, as he now operates a multi-national corporation that designs golf courses, bottles decent wine, and makes golf clothes. Quite simply, Greg Norman is still one of the most compelling figures in golf. Twitter would be the ideal platform for the Australian to voice his controversial opinions.
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Zoeller might be one of the funniest characters ever to play professional golf. He was the 70's version of John Daly, a quirky player with a homegrown golf swing and a crowd-pleasing personality. Zoeller yapped with galleries everywhere and was the tour's most popular entertainer in his heyday. He earned 10 PGA Tour titles, including playoff wins in the 1979 Masters and the 1984 U.S. Open. His public image took a serious hit in 1997 when he infamously offered his predictions on Tiger Woods's potential menu choices for the '98 Champions Dinner. That mis-step behind him, we'd love to see him tweeting insights on life, today's golf scene and his own vodka brand.
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It is hard to believe that Mickelson has still not taken to Twitter, while golf's other superstars have embraced it. Always one of the most vocal players on tour, Lefty would be a perfect fit for Twitter and its 24/7 audience. He has a history of shaking things up and has recently spoken out against the proposed ban on anchored putting strokes. Mickelson is also a sports nut, famously winning over half a million dollars by placing a $20,000 preseason bet on the Baltimore Ravens to win the 2001 Super Bowl. We'd like to hear who he bet on this year.
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Montgomerie dominated European golf in the 1990s, and he is one of the greatest Ryder Cup players ever, with a stellar record of 20-9-7. Montgomerie was plagued by ultra-sensitivity to gallery noise, of which he heard a lot from American fans, and his career has been filled with controversy. He has an account on Twitter, but it's mostly tweets about his charity. We want the opinionated Monty, the one who gave us colorful commentary during the 2012 Ryder Cup.
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"The Merry Mex" won 29 PGA Tour events and six major championships, including two U.S. Opens, two British Opens, and two PGA Championships. Trevino was known as much for his comedic sensibilities as he was for his gritty golf game. After being struck by lightning during a storm at the 1975 Western Open, Trevino famously quipped that next time he would hold his 1-iron to the sky, "because not even God can hit the 1-iron." The Merry Mex could kick start a comedy career on Twitter, a perfect outlet for his hilarious one-liners.
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McCord enjoyed a modest career on the PGA Tour, his best finish being a tie for second at the 1975 and 1977 Greater Milwaukee Opens, but he's one of the all-time greats when it comes to golf course hilarity. At the 1984 FedEx St. Jude Classic, McCord split his pants while lining up a putt. Considering he was going commando that day, it was bad news for him and the fans alike. McCord is still one of the funniest golf personalities on television, and we would love to see him banter on Twitter with @Fehertwit.
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Famed NBC Golf announcer Miller is perhaps the most opinionated golf personality on television today. In an analysis of Australian Craig Parry's golf swing in 2004, Miller commented, "If Ben Hogan saw that, he'd puke." He was also ruthless in his criticism of Phil Mickelson's 2006 U.S. Open collapse at Winged Foot, using the dreaded "c" word as Mickelson limped home with a double bogey to lose the championship. Miller loves to remind us how good he once was, and that he shot 63 to win the 1973 U.S. Open, but his spot-on analysis makes him worth a listen. Twitter would also let us hear his thoughts during non-NBC events like the Masters and British Open.
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Couples, the artist formerly known as "Boom Boom," has been a fan favorite since he sauntered his way to victory at the 1992 Masters, capturing the hearts of golf fans everywhere. Despite nagging back injuries, and, at times, a depressingly balky putter, Couples has always managed to smile and have a good time.
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Miguel Angel Jimenez
"The Mechanic" is golf's equivalent of the the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from those Dos Equis commercials. Sporting a ponytail and an impeccable sense of style, he limbers up for tournament rounds with an exotic stretching session that is fascinating to watch. He loves cigars, exotic cars and fine wines, and he's won 18 times on the European Tour.
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Duval is one of the most introverted, enigmatic superstars to ever play the game. Hiding behind his Oakleys, he earned fans with his machine-like golf swing and awkward first pumps. In recent years, he has dedicated more time to being a father and a husband than he has to golf, but he's still one of the most intelligent and thoughtful people in the sport.
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Stevie, who now loops for Adam Scott, earned his stripes caddying for Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, then became famous working for Tiger Woods and serving as his on-course bodyguard. An intense man, Williams races cars and is not afraid to throw a distracting camera into a pond. In 2008, he called Phil Mickelson a "prick," and in 2011 he made racially charged remarks about Woods. Golf journalists everywhere would never run out of material if Stevie would just join Twitter.
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If there were such a thing as a "bad boy" in golf, it would be Rory Sabbatini. A successful Tour player, Sabbatini is better known for his reputation as the consensus worst playing partner on tour. He's also outspoken, once calling Woods "more beatable than ever" after losing to him in the final round of the 2007 Wachovia Championship. He also got into a shouting match with Sean O'Hair in 2011. Sabbatini has never been one to hold back, and he would definitely be entertaining on Twitter.
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