My year in golf: D.J. Piehowski
Thursday, December 22, 2011
When I was in college, I wrote a column for the school newspaper about the pointlessness of Twitter. I saw it as another source of Internet noise and nothing more than an outlet for people to share what they had for lunch.
Three years later, I feel like I finally understand the idea. Yes, all of the noisy aspects still exist, as Twitter’s critics will be quick to point out. But for those that wish to use it as the tool that it can be, Twitter has changed for the better the way that we view sports, news and entertainment.
I had a lot of highlights from 2011 that didn’t involve sitting behind my laptop – I had a one-on-one interview with Tiger Woods and stood 100 feet from Rory McIlroy as he sunk the history-making final putt at Congressional. But each of those moments, and countless others, were enhanced by swapping 140-character discussions about them with golf fans, players and friends around the world.
I’ll remember each of those moments, but I’ll also remember 2011 as the year that social media changed the golf world. From nearly all news breaking on Twitter (except, of course, for when it was scooped by TigerWoods.com), to players giving direct answers to fans during impromptu Q&A sessions, being on Twitter this year plugged you into the happenings of the golf world and put you even closer to the countless fans that enjoy the game as much as we do.
For all those reasons, below is my “Year in Golf” essay.
Lexi couldn't have been nicer or more professional. I remember being shocked that she was only 15 at the time.
Easily my favorite part of Twitter. Stats and trivia.
I thought about this question all year. One of the best parts about my job is that I'm forced to pay attention when someone named Charl Schwartzel racks up Sunshine Tour wins.
This was during Tiger's run Sunday at Augusta. I think it summed up the moment pretty well.
I never even so much as saw Seve hit a live shot, but all of the tributes on Twitter and stories that were shared showed how much of an impact he had on the game. Our Alistair Tait was one of the best at sharing what Seve had meant to him.
Another positive to working on the web desk is the opportunity to cover the nation's top junior golfers. To us, Jordan Spieth had been a household name for the past three years, well before his multiple U.S. Juniors and back-to-back runs at the Byron Nelson.
My first chance to cover a major championship was a special one. I was on-hand at Congressional as Rory McIlroy shattered records and got fans even more excited about golf's youth movement.
It was a great summer to follow the amateur game and speculate about Walker Cup selections.
Day with Tiger
Thanks to our friends at EA Sports, we were allowed inside the motion capture studio while Tiger Woods digitized his new swing for the upcoming Tiger Woods game. You can read the account of the day here.
This photo gallery was a great look back at the year. You can view it here.