Tour clarifies Twitter policy

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In an proactive attempt to clarify the PGA Tour's position on blogs, Twitter and other social media, Ty Votaw called's Steve Eubanks and gave an in-depth explanation.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 | 4:08 p.m.

 In response to an earlier post on The Golf Buzz, here, PGA Tour Vice President Ty Votaw called me to clarify the tour’s position as well as offer his personal opinion on Twitter and the role social media plays in modern-day golf coverage.

“The last thing I want is for Dan Jenkins to stop tweeting,” Votaw said. “The critical words in the message I was sending – and perhaps I didn’t do a good enough job communicating this – are ‘real time’ and ‘play-by-play.’ 

“We understand the importance and the value of tweeting and blogging. If someone tweets that Ian Poulter just made four birdies in a row, that’s likely to drive people to turn on the telecast. We get that. We want that. But if an intern is sitting in an office watching Shotlink and tweeting every shot Tiger hits or Rory hits, that is proprietary information, and that’s where we have a problem.”

In that respect, the tour is no different than any other sporting league. The NFL, Major League Baseball, even big-time college football conferences like the SEC allow blogging and tweeting, but they don’t allow journalists to tweet play-by-play coverage of an event. 

Kudos to Votaw for setting the record straight.