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Smylie Kaufman: Social media “sucks.” How much should pros tweet?

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Aptly named, affable, natural fit as a Natural Light pitchman, Smylie Kaufman quickly became a popular and promising talent on the PGA Tour.

As we know, however, the past year has been awful for Kaufman: he’s made only two cuts this season and is a routine fixture on the bottom of leaderboards. Owing to an inflamed left elbow and wrist issues, the LSU alum has filed for a medical extension and is shutting it down for the season.

This is unfortunate, certainly, but Kaufman’s remarks (as told to Golf Digest) about social media were particularly interesting.

With respect to negative comments and all out roasts on social media, keyboard warriors likely either assume players aren’t checking their mentions or hope they are so that a sparring match might ensue.

From the sound of it, Smylie Kaufman is keeping up on his notifications…and it’s just upsetting him.

“Social media doesn’t help,” Kaufman told Golf Digest. “That place sucks. It was so great for me for so long, but it was never anything good the last six months. When I go to Twitter, it’s like reading the newspaper for me. Well, I don’t wanna see Tom or Joe telling me how bad I suck when I read the newspaper.”

Kaufman pointed out the reality of social media for athletes and celebrities: sponsors and agents encourage them to be on it…however, it doesn’t do anything positive for their core competency (playing sports).

“A lot of things about social media are great. I love that I can interact with fans and other players. It’s the way things are moving and a way that you can market yourself. But I need to focus on my golf.”

Clearly, there’s a balancing act for public figures with respect to how much time and energy they ought to spend on social media. And clearly some trolling is to be expected. That said, if you get 100 notifications and 99 of them are people telling you you’re garbage (and you probably feel like garbage at said moment), that’s going to have an effect.

Kaufman was a very active user of Twitter and Instagram, and after taking a break, he’s back on a limited basis. This is probably the right move. There are diminishing returns on anything beyond a minimal presence for established athletes, aren’t there? That said, regular posting is the key to audience growth and allows the insertion of occasional sponsored messages.

So, all of his begs the question, how much should professional athletes use social media? Is this different for elite athletes (whose futures are secure and bank accounts are filled), versus, say, a journeyman on the PGA Tour?

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX Members.

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  1. Boyo

    Aug 9, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Say it to his face or don’t say it at all. Twit, an apt description. Dumb phones are a blight on mankind.

  2. Tommy

    Aug 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    It’s probably pretty frustrating to get constant personal criticism from losers who aren’t good enough to carry your bag. It’s hard to defend yourself against a moron who can’t even reason for himself. I don’t blame him. Get a clean restart, mind and swing, and go win again Smiley. The guy’s a PGA Tour winner…you?

  3. Noo

    Aug 6, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Yeah it sucks to be butt hurt

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.25.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Awesome looking Tupac and Biggy themed wedges from The Golf Garage.

Up-close with Patrick Reed’s Scotty Cameron Tour Rat.

A look inside the bag of Tommy Fleetwood.

Our Johnny Newbern with plenty of great shots of The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

Slick looking blade from Embrace Putters.

Any other fans of the low-lofted 3-wood?

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Women’s Golf Day offering locations free registration before March 1st

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Women's Golf Day 2020

Women’s Golf Day in 2020 looks set to be a record-breaking year, and for clubs signing up before March 1st, they can now avail of free location registration for the event which takes place on June 2, 2020.

A dedicated day to celebrate the female golf game, in 2019 Women’s Golf Day saw more than 900 events taking place in a whopping 52 countries.

With more locations and people participation planned for the 2020 event, the team behind WGD is offering free location registration with code VIP2020 to anyone signing up before March 1st.

Along with a new website, for 2020 the celebration is set to have an even greater global reach with WGD now taking place in all continents across the world, with different events also being arranged for the run-up to the main event.

Womens Golf Day 2020

Speaking on the 2020 event, Elisa Gaudet, founder of Women’s Golf Day stated

“We are extremely proud of the number of countries around the world who have embraced Women’s Golf Day. Golf is a fabulous sport that brings people of all nations together. Our official birthday will always be the first Tuesday in June, but with our global reach comes a responsibility to cater for everyone.

This means that there will be some events taking place a few days prior in the build-up to our 5th birthday on June 2nd making the countdown even more exciting than in previous years!”

Venues can sign up for free ($79.99 after March 1st ) using the code VIP2020 on the www.womensgolfday.com website.

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The Premier Golf League: Everything you need to know about the proposed new world tour

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The Premier Golf League has been a hot topic of discussion in the world of golf this year, and more information has emerged on the potential new world tour over the past few days.

With those recently released details from the minds behind the new concept and with plenty of reaction being given to the press from Tour players over the past week, here’s a breakdown of all the essential details of the Premier Golf League.

Who is behind the Premier Golf League?

CEO of the Premier Golf League is Andrew Gardiner—an attorney and London-based director at Barclays Capital. Together with Gardiner, Colin Neville, a partner at Raine Group—a New York-based sports, media and entertainment investment firm—is reported to have been highly influential in the PGL’s conception.

What is the concept of the Premier Golf League?

The new Premier Golf League would consist of an 18 event circuit featuring the top 48 players in the world who would be competing for a total prize purse of $240 million. 

The PGL would involve an eight-month season—including 10 U.S. events—which would be played over 54 holes. 

The remaining eight events would be split as follows: four in Asia, three in Europe, and one in Australia.

At each event, there would be a total prize purse of $10 million up for grabs, with the winner of each stroke play event taking home the $2 million winner’s share. The end of season champion would collect a bonus of $10 million.

Would the Premier Golf League consist solely of strokeplay events?

No. Co-existing alongside the individual strokeplay events would be a team event. The team event would consist of 12 four-man teams, with one player from each side being the team owner.

Each team would be competing for a total prize of $40 million with the winner’s share being $14 million.

What other details do we know?

  • Shotgun starts for the first two rounds with each captain deciding before each round which two player’s scores would count towards the team event.
  • No dress code outside of potential team uniforms.
  • A draft system.
  • A transfer window.
  • A relegation and promotion system as seen in soccer.
  • A playoff concept for the final event involving top seeds.
  • No course venues have thus far been discussed.

Could a player compete on the PGA Tour and the PGL?

No. Players would have to choose between one or the other.

Could players compete in the PGL and golf’s four major championships?

Yes. Separate bodies run the four majors and therefore players in the PGL could compete in golf’s four biggest events.

When could the PGL launch?

The PGL would likely kick off in 2022 or 2023.

What has the PGA Tour and European Tour said in regards to the proposed new World Tour?

PGA Tour chief Jay Monahan issued a memo to Tour players last month stating

“If the Team Golf Concept or another iteration of this structure becomes a reality in 2022 or at any time before or after, our members will have to decide whether they want to continue to be a member of the PGA Tour or play on a new series.”

European Tour chief, Keith Pelley, has not spoken publicly on the matter.

What have players said about the PGL?

Tiger Woods confirmed at a press conference at this month’s Genesis Invitational that he had been “personally approached” about his potential involvement in the world super-circuit and that he and his team are currently “looking into it.”

Earlier this year, The Scotsman reported that Phil Mickelson met and played with key PGL members during the Saudi International Pro-Am and told the media that he was “intrigued” by the idea.

“I haven’t had the chance to put it all together and think about what I want to say about it publicly, but I do think it was an informative day for me to have the chance to spend time with them.”

Last week, Justin Rose told the Daily Mail that “It’s (The PGL) increasingly becoming talked about in the locker room,” and that “there are a lot of incentives for the guys to be interested.”

Before the WGC-Mexico, Rory McIlroy dealt the PGL its most significant blow yet, when he told reporters that 

“The more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t like it. For me, I’m out.”

The Ulsterman also added that he believes opinions in the locker room are currently split on the concept.

Following McIlroy’s comments, Bubba Watson also ruled out any potential involvement in the PGL telling Golf Channel last week 

“It doesn’t matter to me; I’m playing on the PGA Tour. Why go anywhere else, we have the best tour in the world?”

While Xander Schauffele looks to have also sided with the PGA Tour, telling the publication that

“Our commissioner set us straight, you have to pick which tour you want to play on and the benefits we have on the PGA Tour are pretty hard to beat. For me, how young I am and how early it is in my career all the history is made on the PGA Tour and that’s where I want to be.”

 

 

 

 

 

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