Days after dining with known Twitter addict Shane Warne, Tiger Woods tried the social networking site and declared “I think I like this twitter thing”.
Woods, who is coming up on the one-year anniversary of the mysterious car crash that led to sensational revelations of marital infidelity and a spectacular fall from grace, apparently has decided to take another step to get closer to his fans.
Whether Warne had an influence on Woods’ decision is a matter for conjecture, but it is hard to imagine the Australian not mentioning it.
“What’s up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!” tweeted Woods, who has had the account since 2009.
Woods then confirmed he was tweeting himself.
“Yep, it’s me. I think I like this twitter thing. You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the love.”
Twitter wasn’t the only place on the internet where Woods could be found on Wednesday.
Newsweek magazine posted a piece authored by the golfer titled “How I’ve Redefined Victory.”
Woods writes that prior to last November “I had been conducting my personal life in an artificial way -- as if detached from the values my upbringing had taught, and that I should have embraced.”
Woods, whose marriage to Elin Nordegren ended over the scandal, said that at first he was “scared” to look inward.
“But I’m grateful that I did examine my life because it has made me more grounded than I’ve ever been,” he added.
Woods writes of the pleasure of looking after his children, daughter Sam and son Charlie.
And he says he has been “amazed by the considerate, encouraging words I hear” from fans, not only on the golf course but when he’s out and about shopping or in a restaurant.
“I’m not the same man I was a year ago,” Woods concludes. “And that’s a good thing.”
Woods, who hasn’t won a title this year, lost his world number one ranking this month to Englishman Lee Westwood.
He failed to defend his Australian Masters title last week.
He plays one more tournament this year, the Chevron World Challenge unofficial event that he hosts for the benefit of his charitable foundation.