GOLF: Twenty golfers to follow

Might you have enough on your plate with friends and colleagues bending your ear about their misfortune on the sixth or the bunker shot they nailed on 18, without the world’s top golfers wrecking your head too, with their triumphs and despairs and might-have-beens?

In fairness to them, though, some of the world’s top golfers turn out to be reasonably interesting people, with things to say on a range of subjects. Some of them — that’s you in the Union Jack trousers — will inevitably wreck your head too. But here, in no particular order, are 20 worth a follow…

1. @paulazinger

80k followers

The 12-time PGA Tour winner and 2008 Ryder Cup captain can’t win ‘em all — went big on Romney in the recent US presidential election and now he’s losing the belly putter battle too. Has debated both matters at length with followers.

2. @Keegan_Bradley

130k followers

The 2011 PGA champion is one of the busiest tweeters on tour. Cheering the New England Patriots and jeering the New York Jets currently takes up a lot of his time, as well as Ryder Cup banter with Rory.

3. @stewartcink

1.1m followers

The 2009 British Open champion isn’t one of the most active tweeters, but as one of the first pro golfers on the Twitter bandwagon, perhaps he’s worth a follow for early notice of the next fad.

4. @bencranegolf

74k followers

Likes an inspirational quote and a word about Jesus. A member of The Golf Boys, with Bubba, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler, but perhaps he can be excused that on charitable grounds.

5. @PGA_JohnDaly

285k followers

A big Arkansas Razorbacks fan, the ever-popular powerhouse regularly interacts with his followers. Revealed lately he hasn’t had a drink in four years.

6. @LukeDonald

340k followers

The world number two is a Spurs fan who won’t pass up an opportunity to revel in their rival’s misfortune. “Dear @BarackObama, if you happen to see @piersmorgan tonight, could you ask him how Arsenal got on today. Many thanks!”

7. @ IanJamesPoulter

1.4m followers

You will need a high tolerance for banter. Recently took delivery of a piano to play Christmas songs. A Wonderful Life.

8. @RickieFowlerPGA

425k followers

The bright young star of American golf is quite an Instagram addict too. Check out his photos from life and touring at therealrickiefowler.

9. @ZachJohnsonPGA

108k followers

The 2007 Masters winner posts plenty of news and photos from the tour as well as promoting his foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of Iowa children.

10. @TheChristinaKim

34k followers

The two-time LPGA winner and author boasts one of the most diverse and busiest timelines in golf. Although it doesn’t extend to the Champions League. “Shakhtar and Juve both good teams #bringyourAgameorgohome” > I’m sure they are — never heard of them though.”

11. @graeme_mcdowell

420k followers

GMac’s bio reads: “Travelling the world playing a game I love. Doesn’t get much better.” That philosophy shines through in much of his tweeting. Living the dream.

12. @McIlroyRory

1.4m followers

The greatest love of all with @CaroWozniacki is being played out in the Twitter glare. Some golf stuff too.

13. @suzannpettersen

50k followers

It’s the little things that keep the 10-time LPGA Tour winner going. “Course record, 63. Might get an extra diet coke for dinner;)#itsallaboutrewards”

14. @JustinRose99

170k followers

The four-time PGA Tour winner exchanges regular banter with Donald, McDowell, McIlroy, Poulter and company.

15. @bubbawatson

762k followers

A champion Twitter feed from the Masters winner, with regular competitions, trick-shot videos, and photos from tour.

16. @DarrenClarke60

211k followers

Has been forthright and strong on the recent difficulties in his homeland. “I care about home and our future. We have to break this cycle of rioting, etc., when things go against the democratic vote!”

17. @Shanelowrygolf

26k followers

Isn’t afraid to tackle the hard questions. Actually maybe he is… “Wud ya swap your Irish open trophy for a sneaky shift #Rihanna > What do u think???”

18. @JasonDufner

105k followers

A low-key figure around the course is rather more opinionated online. Isn’t enjoying the football season so far. “I don’t think I have seen one competitive NFL game this year, I don’t watch em all, but they are mostly blowouts.”

19. @TigerWoods

2.8m followers

Not the most prolific or the most entertaining, but the undisputed king in follower numbers. Occasional Q&As with followers offer a glimpse behind the regular promotional output.

20. @BobEstesPGA

5k followers

The four-time PGA Tour winner goes a little under the radar on Twitter, but posts plenty of thoughtful views on politics, religion, economics and golf.


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