Tiger Woods is taking a swing at Twitter
Tiger Woods is taking a swing at Twitter.
On Wednesday morning, the man whom many consider to be the greatest golfer of all time sent out a tweet from his @TigerWoods account saying, “What’s up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!”
In the afternoon, another tweet was sent, this time reading, "Yep, it’s me. I think I like this twitter thing. You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the love."
The tweets might look a little odd, as Woods’ first three messages on the popular social media website were actually sent in June 2009 -- each of them telling followers to check out his Twitter, Facebook and official websites.
It is, however, possible that the 2009 tweets might not have been written by Woods but instead someone he hired, such as a publicist.
Since the three 2009 messages, Woods hadn't tweeted until today.
Woods’ tweets arrive on the same day as an op-ed piece written by the pro golfer was published on Newsweek.com that addresses his struggles over the last year.
During Thanksgiving weekend last year, Woods wrecked his Cadillac Escalade SUV in an incident that brought to light allegations that Woods had cheated on his wife with various women, which then led to a divorce from Elin Nordegren and the loss of many high-dollar sponsorship deals.
In the Newsweek piece, Woods writes: "The physical pain from that car accident has long healed. But the pain in my soul is more complex and unsettling ... my life was out of balance, and my priorities were out of order. I made terrible choices and repeated mistakes. I hurt the people whom I loved the most. And even beyond accepting the consequences and responsibility, there is the ongoing struggle to learn from my failings."
Woods lost his No. 1 ranking in golf two weeks ago to Lee Westwood. It's been more than a year since he's won a golf tournament. Woods is set to play next in the Chevron World Challenge the week after Thanksgiving.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image (top): Screen shot of a tweet from Tiger Woods on Wednesday. Photo (bottom): Tiger Woods plays a shot during Round 2 of the Australian Masters last week at the Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Getty Images