Over the past few months, it seemed that Rory McIlroy soured on the PGA Tour, as he snubbed the American tour in favor of Euro Tour membership for 2011 and later announced he would skip this year’s Players Championship. So, does McIlroy hate the PGA Tour? Or Tim Finchem? Is it possible he really was upset about Rickie Fowler winning 2010 PGA Tour rookie of the year? On Wednesday McIlroy took to Twitter to clarify his stance on the Players, the PGA Tour and commissioner Tim Finchem:
“For everyone who is interested, the reason I’m not playing TPC this year is because I’ve never thought the golf course has set up that well for me,” McIlroy tweeted. “Hence, two missed cuts in two years. I have no sort of vendetta against Tim Finchem or the PGA Tour. I love playing in the US and have always found the people very welcoming. I’m sure one day I’ll join the PGA Tour again, but right now I want to put all my efforts into Europe and the race to Dubai. Hope this clears a few things up!”
Tiger’s Twitter War In yesterday’s edition of Truth & Rumors, we mentioned that Ian Poulter attempted to hijak Tiger Woods’s Tuesday twitter chat by firing a few taunting questions at him. Woods didn’t respond on twitter, but NBC Sports’s Ryan Bellangee writes that Tiger had a few comebacks for his English rival — but they were made privately.
On Wednesday in his pre-tournament presser for the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had his answer for the hecklers – at least one of them.
Asked about the antics of Poulter, Woods responded by saying, “I obviously don’t tweet as much as Poults does, but it’s new to me. It’s fun.”
He added he has plenty to say – in good, clean fun – back to Poulter.
“That’s just Poults. He’s probably bored and has nothing to do,” Woods said. He added, “I have a few lines I’ve jabbed at him, but I won’t put those out there like he does me.”
Prior to the presser, Poulter made it clear to fans who were taken aback by the comments he and Westwood made that it was all a lark.
“Just for the record for our friends that dont have a sense of humor we all get on great with tiger, its called having some Banter & Fun.”
Phil pranking Paddy Padraig Harrington’s Abu Dhabi DQ grabbed a lot of headlines and sparked debate as to whether it was fair for a television viewer to email a tournament about a rules violation. The identity of the Harrington emailer was never revealed … or was it? Phil Mickelson has confessed to being the mystery tipper, according to the UK’s Daily Record:
But rather than console his close friend, Mickelson couldn’t resist the chance to wind up the Irishman by claiming he was the person who grassed him up to the officials. Harrington, in Bahrain for this week’s inaugural Volvo Champions event, is still the talk of the locker room but admits Mickelson’s mickey-taking was a welcome change from the condolences.
He said: “Phil came in the locker room that afternoon and said he thought it was very unfortunate, that the whole incident was a terrible thing to happen – and he felt really bad for bringing in the phone call.
“It was just so funny, especially as most people have been commiserate, commiserate, commiserate.
Shot of the Day Today we leave you with a trick shot, because trick shots are awesome. This mini-golf moment appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle‘s website, and the celebration is as captivating as the shot itself:
Tweet of the Day: CNBC sports business guru Darren Rovell is taking his tweets to the next level.
@darrenrovell: I can now tweet & text while going 4.2 on the treadmill. Hoping to be able to do that at 6.0 by March.