Oh, golfers on Twitter. They just can't seem to obey the separation of game and state.
This time, it's Rickie Fowler, who says his open -- though, by Twitter standards, wholly understated -- support of Republican candidate Mitt Romney has caused him to lose some followers on the social networking site.
Fowler tweeted about losing following after Tuesday night's presidential debate, during which Fowler retweeted Republican boosters Donald Trump and T. Boone Pickens :
Funny how people will unfollow me just because I support Romney...seems smart...made my pick...make yours and vote #simple — Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) October 17, 2012
Also...people who unfollow me...u don't have to let me know you did so...getting a tweet from u makes me feel better tho :) #yourchoice — Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) October 17, 2012
Afterward, Fowler went big picture for his valediction:
Politics in social media...it's powerful...make your choice and vote...it's free #America #goodnight — Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) October 17, 2012
At the time of this writing, Fowler still has 412,452 followers. He is, without a doubt, one of the most popular Tour players using the website. According to TwitterCounter.com, which tracks followers on the social networking site, Fowler has only netted two negative days during debate season: He lost 1,375 followers in wake of the first face-off, and 75 after the VPs went head to head.
In all, though, TwitterCounter states that Fowler is up more 6,000 followers since Oct. 1, and gains an average 218 per day. And as for all those friends he lost Tuesday? Well, he gained almost 400 more Fowlowers. Related Photos: Golfers' Twitter pics Related Photos: Rickie Fowler's golf fashion