Golf coach Butch Harmon announced he was quitting Twitter after making a comment about his student Nick Watney's poor play on the social-networking service.
After Watney shot 82-77 to miss the cut at the Memorial, Harmon tweeted: "Wow N Watney +15, didn’t see this coming. Must be having some personal problems.” A few minutes later, Harmon posted a follow-up tweet: "Or some physical problems he can’t shoot that high." Golfweek's Alex Miceli asked Watney about Harmon's tweet; Watney's response: "Interesting. No comment." Then Miceli talked to Harmon:
Harmon spoke about the posts after the fact.Gulbis' agent initially denied that Gulbis had malaria Photo: Getty Images
"It was a mistake on my part, I love the kid like a son," Harmon said remorsefully by cellphone. " I was more frustrated than anything for him that he played the way he played. When he was here last week, I'd never seen him hit it better. I didn't mean to offend anyone and look forward to working with Nick to get ready for Merion."
Harmon had echoed those thoughts in another Twitter post as well:
"Don't mean to upset all the Watney fans was just thinking out (loud) .Nick is like a son to me I love him .He will be fine by the US Open."
Harmon chimed in via Twitter one more time Friday:
"Thank you to all of you who have chosen to follow me, but after a big mistake today I'm off twitter best to all . By By" -- by evening his account was still active, with no further posts.