Andres Gonzales received an early birthday gift on Tuesday in the form of a sponsor’s exemption to the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas later this month.
The Nationwide Tour golfer who’s known more for tweaking Tiger Woods via Twitter (“@TigerWoods hey I have a question. Why you ducking me?” @Andres_Gonzales tweeted on April 30. “Let's put a peg in the ground [and] get after it. #missyourface”) than for his on-course prowess happily accepted the surprise invite from tourney organizers, who used the event’s @HPBNC Twitter account to offer him a spot in the field.
In what appears to be something of a social-media trend, Gonzales becomes the second golfer to employ Twitter to win an exemption into a PGA event. After a concerted lobbying effort via his Twitter account, Jason Gore earned a tee time to the Northern Trust Open earlier this year.
For Gonzales, the exemption included an extra prize, since his May 16th birthday falls on the eve of the tournament.
@hpbnc I just realized you gave me a great birthday gift.My birthday is May 16th!!!— Andres Gonzales (@Andres_Gonzales) May 1, 2012
(Golf clap to Jonathan Wall at Devil Ball Golf for the tip)