Ryder Cup to be tweet-free zone

Corey Pavin (R), captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team poses with the Ryder Cup and European Ryder Cup team captain Colin Montgomerie before a news conference at Cardiff airport in Cardiff, Wales September 27, 2010. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) - Both teams in this week’s Ryder Cup have banned posts on Twitter in a bid to maintain focus on the competition.

“We talked about it, the team has come to a consensus not to do that (use Twitter),” U.S. captain Corey Pavin told reporters after arriving at Cardiff airport on Monday.

“It can be a little bit distracting sometimes. I think it’s important to focus on the Ryder Cup and playing in matches and just enjoying camaraderie with the team itself.

“We’ve decided as a whole to not Tweet this week. But first thing a week from today I’m sure tweeting will be all over the place.”

European captain Colin Montgomerie said: “We are in the same boat.

“Not being a Tweeter myself, we feel that tweeting and Facebook and all these social sites can get oneself into trouble.

“I think that we focus on the job in hand this week but as Corey so rightly says, on October 4 you will find the team on social network sites.”

Editing by Ed Osmond