Ryder cup teams banned from 'tweeting'

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It appears that all birdies are to be kept strictly on the golf course, as both the United States and the European Ryder Cup teams have been banned from using the social networking site Twitter while playing in the competition.

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The ban came into force on Monday after both captains agreed that allowing their players to use the service could potentially cause '”trouble” during the competition at Celtic Manor.

Europe's captain Colin Montgomerie said: "Tweeting and social network sites can get one into trouble.”

Montgomerie has good reason to be cautious of the website's potential for controversy.

Since the introduction of Twitter back in 2006, many unfortunate victims, from cricketers to MP's have managed to land themselves in trouble with the public and the ever watchful media.

For example, cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Dimitri Mascarenhas have both recently been issued with fines after 'tweeting' their thoughts.

Montgomerie has also recently admitted that he is daunted by the prospect of having to man-manage his team, but it seems that the Scot has nothing to be concerned with as he is already showing his ability to make decisions that he believes will benefit his team.

Meanwhile, the US team's captain Corey Pavin has said that his players reached their decision through more democratic means.

"The team has come to a consensus not to do it." stated Pavin.

Despite the temporary ban, Pavin has admitted that his technology-loving players will be straight back on the social networking site as soon as the tournament has reached its climax.

"We've decided to not tweet this week, but a week today I am sure tweeting will be all over the place." added Pavin.

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