Social media is a powerful tool. If you're a sports nut, you can personally connect with your favorite athletes with just a few strokes on your keyboard.
And, at times (like today), us fans can get a cool inside look that prior to Twitter we may have heard about but never actually seen.
Over the weekend in the Turkish Open on the European Tour, Ian Poulter had a commanding lead with 36 holes to play. Poulter struggled mightily in the third round, carding a 75. He bounced back with a 67 on Sunday, but missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff with eventual winner Brooks Koepka.
On Monday, two-time major champ Greg Norman sent a tweet Poulter's way:
@IanJamesPoulter Mate noticed something in your putting when I watched you yesterday. Easy fix.
— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) November 17, 2014
It's not uncommon for players to offer one another advice. We just aren't used to seeing it play out on Twitter.
For his part, Poulter seemed happy to hear Norman's thoughts:
I will give you a call @SharkGregNorman. Thanks Poults.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) November 17, 2014
Pretty cool to get an inside look at that.
Post-round victory celebrations shouldn't surprise us, not after Bubba Watson's late-night trip to Waffle House after winning this year's Masters.
But after winning the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday, following the trophy ceremony and photos, Brooks Koepke boarded a plane for what he thought would be a routine flight. Instead, the sponsor presented him with a very large sheet cake for his win.
TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN: Brooks Koepka rallies to post first European Tour victory
Here's a photo snapped by fellow touring pro Pablo Larrazabal and posted on Twitter:
— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) November 16, 2014
At least Koepka didn't have to try and slice that cake with a tiny plastic knife. And that's definitely an upgrade from a tiny package of roasted peanuts.
Plus, there's nothing wrong with having wi-fi at 30,000 feet.
Jason Dufner, the 2013 PGA Champion, is in Thailand this week for the Chiangmai Golf Classic on the Asian Tour.
As part of his trip, Dufner went to visit some elephants on Thursday. One elephant in particular -- a baby -- decided to take Dufner's hat right off his head, tease him with it for a few seconds and then return it back to his head.
Funny and adorable video:
Worth noting that Dufner is a fanatic of his alma mater, Auburn University, sports teams. Alabama's mascot -- Auburn's arch rival -- is an elephant named, "Big Al." Surely 'Bama fans will love how this Thai elephant teased Dufner.
So, you're out on the golf course trying to enjoy a nice, relaxing round.
When, all of a sudden, a goose comes out of nowhere and attacks.
That's what happened to this poor dude, as you can see in the video below posted today on the America's Funniest Home Videos YouTube account:
As if the goose attack wasn't enough, the poor victim has to listen to his cameraman buddy laugh the whole time.
Not cool... but very funny assuming the man -- and the goose -- weren't hurt.
It seems like there's always another golf course that golfers want to play. And why wouldn't they?
From Pebble Beach to Augusta National to St. Andrews, the world is full of terrific golf courses that would take a lifetime to play. But that's where a wish list -- or a #PGABucketList if you will -- comes in handy.
We want to know what course you haven't played yet, but would love the opportunity to get in a round there.
We went through the responses, and here are the top three most-wanted courses. You can see all of them below:
Eric Adamczyk: Augusta National. I'd love to just walk it, forget playing it, that's forever left to my imagination, we know that'll never happen.
Bobby Dunnigan: Augusta, hands down. I drive by there at least 10 times per month covering my territory with work. It's like Fort Knox.
Scott Anderson: Really, is this really a question? If you're really a golfer it's Augusta!
Arnie Oss: Augusta. One time in my life. Anyone have a in?
David Crowe: The one shown in the picture. The 7th green and 8th tee at Pebble Beach. There aren't too many golf courses with this kind of scenery.
Barry J C Meyer: Pebble, only if I can play with my son!
Jim St. Pierre: Pebble. Will be my military retirement gift to myself in 5 years!
Bill Denfeld: The Old Course. I've stood on the 17th green but not with my putter.