Ryder Cup 2010: Players are not banned from tweeting
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Montgomerie explains tweeting ban
Europe's Ryder Cup team are not banned from twittering during the competition, according to captain Colin Montgomerie.
On Monday both Montgomerie and United States skipper Corey Pavin said they had asked their players not to use Twitter until the tournament was over.
But Montgomerie has since clarified his crackdown, insisting it only applies to secrets from the team room.
"Whatever they do, whatever they are, respect is shown for what is said within the team room," he said.
"They can do whatever they have to do elsewhere regarding, you know, their thoughts and what have you.
"But at the same time, whatever is said within that team room stays within that team room so they respect that decision."
Speaking ahead of the Ryder Cup on Monday, Montgomerie had said that tweeting and writing on social network sites could "get one into trouble".
He said: "It's not a ban as such, we've just asked the players not to and they agreed."
Red-eye Pavin faces media glare
England's Ian Poulter had, however, said Montgomerie had not banned Twitter and he continued to post updates.
Now, having been asked by the media for his final comments on the ban, an exasperated Montgomerie has said tweeting has not been banned.
"Banning things is very dangerous, because, say, someone does it, how can you then say anything?" he said.
"I thought I was the captain of a golf team, not the captain of a tweeting organisation."
Both Poulter and McDowell have backed Montgomerie following what has now been dubbed 'Twitter-gate'.
"He trusts us not to do something stupid," McDowell stated. "There have been some pretty bad mistakes made on Twitter in the past few months."
and Dimitri Mascarenhas were both fined for rants on Twitter.
Footballers Jozy Altidore and Darren Bent have also been in trouble for ill-advised public comments, while swimmer Stephanie Rice lost a sponsorship deal and was forced to make a public apology for an allegedly homophobic comment on Twitter.
Other Ryder Cup players who tweet include Europe's Francesco Molinari and US team tweeters Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson.
Speaking on Monday about the US Twitter ban, skipper Pavin said: "The team has come to a consensus not to do it.
"It can be a little bit distracting sometimes, and I think it is important to focus on the Ryder Cup and playing in the matches.
"We've decided to not tweet this week, but a week today I am sure tweeting will be all over the place."
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