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Continued: Jason Dufner says it's 'tough task' to try to catch Tiger Woods in final round of Bridgestone

  • Article by: RUSTY MILLER , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: August 3, 2013 - 6:45 PM

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NOT TWITTER AVERSE: Few athletes, and ever fewer golfers, embrace social media as much as Ian Poulter.

For that matter, there are few athletes embraced as much as those who follow Ian Poulter.

On Twitter, he's @IanJamesPoulter. He bills himself as "Global tour golfer, @ijpdesign Owner. Massive Arsenal fan and Orlando Magic fan. Love Cars, Most of all love my Family time."

Moments after capping a 1-under 69 on Saturday in the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational, Poulter could be seen standing outside the scoring trailer, checking his emails, website, Instagram, texts, videos, pictures, retweets and direct messages.

But he really loves sending all of the above.

"I do it whenever and however I like," he said. "Social media is fantastic. I like it. You can spend time replying to some of the fans, give them insight, info, pictures, video content into what I do on a day-to-day basis. And they like it. So I use it for a number of different reasons."

How much does he like Twitter? Late on Saturday afternoon, he had sent more than 12,000 tweets, was following 184 people and had a staggering 1.5 million followers.

He sends a blend of cheeky, funny jabs at friends like Graeme McDowell, along with pictures of his kaleidoscopic trousers and shoes. He answers questions, gives updates and reflects on the life of a professional golfer.

"It's a fun thing to do. I've enjoyed doing it since I started," he said.

And, at times, Poulter is just another fan, remarking about what is going on in the sport.

For instance, after Tiger Woods torched Firestone Country Club for a 61 in the second round, Poulter tweeted, "That was a filthy round of golf that Tiger shot today. Lapping the field with ease. He quite likes this course. In fact any (World Golf Championship) event."

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STATS DON'T LIE: Woods is in the top 10 of almost every statistic this week at the Bridgestone, including driving accuracy (T-9th), driving distance (5th), greens in regulation (T-2nd), strokes gained-putting (2nd), putting average (2nd), par-3 scoring average (T-6th) and par-4 scoring average (1st).

One that he isn't among the leaders might come as a surprise: He's tied for 35th in scoring on par-5s.

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GREAT SCOTT: Adam Scott has gotten better every day at the Bridgestone.

He opened with a mediocre 73, followed with a solid 68 and on Friday a 66.

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