European Ryder Cup Team Granted Permission To Use Twitter, But Told To Be Careful

The 39th Ryder Cup gets underway tomorrow (Friday) at the Medinah Country Club, Illinois, and like almost every major event that takes place in the world today, social media is expected to play its part.

To a point. While European captain José María Olazábal has given permission for his team to use Twitter to provide updates and engage with fans during the competition, he has issued a warning.

“I’m not banning any member of the team,” Olazabal said at Medinah, yesterday. “What I’ve said to them is that they have to be careful on what they say, how they say it and when they say it. I’m sure that any comments that are made on Twitter are not intended in a bad way, but if you take the sentence out of context, it might look completely different.

“In that regard, the boys need to be a little bit cautious about it.”

European players Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are avid users of Twitter, with millions of followers between them. McIlroy in particular is very active.

Europe are the defending Ryder Cup champions, having won two years ago at Celtic Manor, and will be attempting to make it five wins in six contests.

(Rory McIlroy image via Shutterstock.)