The PGA is Threatening to Pull Credentials From Journalists Who Tweet at the Farmer's Insurance Tournament in La Jolla

Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour’s Executive Vice President of Communications, sent out this nasty email to the media late Thursday that found our inbox:

As you know, our media regulations prohibit the use of real-time, play-by-play transmission in digital outlets.  In order to enforce these regulations, beginning this year, we will revoke the on-site credentials of all journalists affiliated with outlets that post play-by-play coverage, whether those posts are originating from tournament site or otherwise.

So basically, golf – the sport with the oldest fans – is trying to alienate young fans. Are they operating out of the Bud Selig playbook? The threats of pulling credentials from anyone who is talking about a sporting event live as it is happening is an antiquated theory, rooted in the pre-social media era. How laughable. They will lose.

As you can imagine, ink-stained golf scribes are unhappy and ultimately should win this battle. Can the PGA Tour grasp the concept of knowing what happened vs. watching it happen? Significant difference, especially in golf. If anything, reading about a Tiger Woods meltdown in advance might drive more people to watch an otherwise uninteresting non-major.

If you care, KJ Choi and Brandt Snedeker are tied atop the leaderboard at -7. Tiger’s at -4, Phil’s even.

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