Tiger Woods all a-Twitter at Sherwood
THOUSAND OAKS, California
THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) - Two weeks after testing out Twitter for the first time, Tiger Woods engaged the social network with a flurry of activity on Tuesday.
While preparing to host this week's Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club, the former world number one sent 23 tweets in reply to various questions posed by his fans.
Asked what his goals were for the 2011 PGA Tour, he tweeted: "As Al Davis said: 'Just win baby'."
In answer to a query about his favorite food while out on the course, he said: "During a round I eat peanut & banana sandwich & almonds."
Woods sported a goatee during his pre-tournament news conference at Sherwood on Tuesday and another Twitter fan asked him whether he could "rock a full beard or only the goatee".
His tweeted reply: "I can barely grow a goatee."
Woods has been carefully crafting an image rebuild following his scandal-hit start to this year.
His private life unraveled after stunning revelations emerged about his serial philandering, an unexpected chain of events that led to a loss of form and sponsorships as well as his divorce.
On November 17, he reached out to fans on his sporadically used Twitter account, tweeting: "What's up everyone? Finally decided to try out twitter!"
However he sent out only five more tweets before his renewed burst this week, helping lift his total of followers to 281,946.
"Wasn't gonna follow @TigerWoods but now he's tweeting like crazy so I think he'll be well worth a follow!!," tweeted Britain's Rory McIlroy who is playing at Sherwood this week.
Britain's Ian Poulter is one of golf's most prolific tweeters with more than a million followers and he felt Woods had under-clubbed with his initial forays on the microblogging service.
"He has only written about seven tweets so far so I think I might need to give him a little gee up and tell him to write a few more," Poulter told Reuters before Woods fired off 23 on Tuesday.
"It's all been good fun. Lee (Westwood) has been a new addition to Twitter over the last couple of weeks, along with Tiger, and certainly Lee has taken to it with fine form.
"He has given me plenty of abuse and plenty of banter. It's great. You can have a bit of fun with it and it makes it very enjoyable."
Westwood, who became world number one for the first time earlier this month, tweeted Woods on Tuesday without getting an immediate reply.
"Just tweeted Tiger and he's blanked me!" Westwood said to Poulter via Twitter. "Have a word!"
(Editing by Frank Pingue)