Alex Caruso’s Tweet landed at 6:07 p.m. on Aug. 25.
“Not that any of you care but I just shot 79 at pebble beach” it began before elaborating.
Less than an hour later, the official account of the PGA Tour replied.
“We care,” that Tweet said.
Yes, Caruso is quite the golfer, attending last weekend’s Ryder Cup matches at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis., and carding an impressive enough score at California’s iconic oceanfront course to make professionals notice.
“Everybody thinks I’m this really good golfer because I only Tweet about when I score really well,” Caruso cracked following Thursday’s Bulls practice at Advocate Center. “That week at Pebble, I shot 91, 79, 84. So it’s like I’m all over the place.”
What’s consistent is Caruso’s love and appreciation for a sport that, like many, he finds interminably challenging.
“I just love golf. I went to the Ryder Cup last weekend, it’s just so mesmerizing. I mean, the guys play a different sport,” Caruso said. “I’m sure that’s what the guys at the local YMCA think about us playing in the NBA. But like for me, golf is such a hard sport. And those guys make it look so simple.”
Caruso, who signed with the Chicago Bulls quickly in free agency, said he was like “a little kid” walking around Pebble Beach during his rounds at the fabled public course and found a dynamic of Ryder Cup spectating intriguing.
“It’s the only time–I mean, other than playing with my buddies---where you can openly cheer for bad shots,” Caruso said. “It’s a different atmosphere. Ian Poulter pulls one to the left on a par-3 and gets in a bunker and all the Americans are clapping. And then like people are yelling, ‘Water right!’’ as soon as guys tee off.’’
But perhaps in a nod to the golf gods, Caruso didn’t partake.
“I was laying low,” he said, laughing. “I’m not good enough. I mean, I feel like I can’t talk mess to those guys because it’s not realistic.’’