Sunday 25 February 2018

Ryder captains silence tweeters

Celtic Manor has been declared a tweet-free zone.

The players from both teams have agreed not to post their thoughts on Twitter or Facebook until next Monday, when their job at the Ryder Cup is done.

European captain Colin Montgomerie has said that the recent controversy involving England cricket star Kevin Pietersen had prompted the move by himself and opposite number Corey Pavin.

Pietersen was fined for reacting angrily to being left out of the one-day and Twenty20 squads and later issued an apology for his choice of language. Not that Montgomerie intends to police things to make sure nobody steps out of line.

"It's not a ban because if somebody does it how can you punish someone for it? It's not a ban," he said.

Ian Poulter is the most enthusiastic Tweeter on the European side, followed by Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Franceso Molinari, while Stewart Cink, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and even captain Pavin have been known to let their fingers do the talking on-line.

One of Poulter's latest offering came in the wee small hours of Monday morning when he posted a video from outside the hotel at Celtic Manor Resort after the property had been evacuated for the second time following a false fire alarm.

Irish Independent

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