7 surprising social media stars of 2022 | This is the Loop
If this really was the last year of Twitter, then Golf Twitter did our favorite sport proud. There was certainly no shortage of storylines during a wild 2022 and there was no shortage of social media stars also playing a big part in how we consumed all the craziness. But while you know the heavy hitters — some of whom are graduates of previous editions of this list — the purpose of this post is to point out some up-and-coming must-follows. Let’s get to them while their accounts – verified or not – are still active.
This PGA Tour husband/wife tandem provided some great life-on-tour moments in 2022, from Kourtney revealing that Adam left his golf clubs at home while leaving for a tournament:
To Adam sharing Kourtney’s hysterical, if predictable, reaction to his dangerous misstep regarding one of her outfits:
Keep up the hits, guys!
While staying in the WAGs division, Canadian pro Adam Hadwin’s wife has been bringing the heat all year long — usually burning her husband, that is. But this tweet about how Adam was in the doghouse for a similar bogey to the one Adam Schenk made was the best:
It is not a specific person, but rather a specific type of person. You know, accounts that seemingly popped up out of nowhere with no profile picture. And those who were suddenly very vocal when it came to defending LIV Golf and attacking the PGA Tour. These bots were everywhere! I won’t highlight any, but rather joke at their expense:
It’s okay to share different opinions, but the mean streets of Golf Twitter are actually becoming meaner thanks to some of these people plagues. Clean it up, Elon!
This handle has been around for a few years, but it really became an #elite following in 2022 with a wealth of insider knowledge and funny commentary – while being a prolific sharer of fantastic viral videos and photos.
They are like the Rex Chapman of Golf Twitter in that respect. And they will be sorely missed—like Rex—if Twitter ever shuts down.
This PGA Tour pro has had a rough run since his lone win at the 2018 John Deere Classic, but he’s really found his stride on Twitter, following in the footsteps of former Cal teammate Max Homa (those Bears had to be the funniest team be) in golf history). We especially loved that his comments from Chesson Hadley were randomly included on a wall of golf greats:
Seriously, Michael has a point there regarding Chesson. … Anyway, hopefully now that Kim is back on the PGA Tour, we’ll hear more from him.
Definitely the most surprising entry on this list, it was the official handle for this law enforcement agency that captured one of the most memorable golf scenes of the year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Stationed at the rowdy 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale—because lord knows how crazy things would get there without a police presence—the Scottsdale PD happened to capture this amazing angle of Sam Ryder’s putt:
“YOU JUST WITNESSED A HOLE-IN-ONE! YOU JUST SAW A HOLE-IN-ONE! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!” No, we can’t. It was incredible. Also, someone get that guy an announcing gig. Even Gus Johnson would have been impressed by that spirited call.
As you can see, I’m pretty biased towards Twitter when it comes to social media stuff, but I had to include this Instagram star. (And yes, he might not be surprising to some, but unfortunately I only discovered him this year.) Content creator Tyler Jarry’s alter ego has been constantly posting hilarious videos on topics ranging from “Golfers around the green”:
To “Golfers Around the Greens Part 2”:
Just brilliant stuff. And his signature “Gosh!” gets me every time he mixes it up. Wait, there’s a compilation of just that?!
GOSH! So good. If Twitter does go down, I know where I’ll be spending most of my time on Instagram in 2023.