European Tour reminds golfers of social media laws

The European Tour has reminded players that they face

disciplinary action for breaching social media rules after James

Morrison of England recently criticized the Wales Open in an online

post.

The European Tour says sanctions will apply for any ”offensive,

threatening, disparaging, hurtful or otherwise” comments, and

stuck a memorandum on a notice board at the BMW International Open

in Germany on Thursday to remind players of their

responsibilities.

Morrison wrote on Twitter to describe the Celtic Manor course as

a ”dump” and say ”one more round and then can’t get over that

bridge quick enough!”

The 27-year-old Englishman apologized for his comments during

the May 30-June 3 Wales Open but will still be fined by the

Tour.

The Tour also warns that players could face civil action from

”`any other parties who legal rights are affected by such

comments.”

It is not known how many players have been the subject of

disciplinary action.

Marcus Fraser of Australia, who holds the first-round clubhouse

lead at the BMW International Open after shooting a 64, is believed

to have been fined heavily for online comments made during the

Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles last August.

Fraser had played the opening two rounds alongside Rafa

Echenique of Argentina, who was seen using his mobile phone on the

course to rearrange a flight. Fraser went on Facebook to allegedly

express his disapproval at Echenique’s actions.