We’ve had a busy year on Instagram, adding so many followers we lost count.Thanks, guys.
Below, we pored over our posts from the past year to bring you the top 10 most popular photos. You probably won’t be surprised to find almost all of them come from the historic back-to-back U.S. Opens. That’s OK, we know it was a great two weeks.
We learned a few things when we started looking at our top tweets of 2014.
First, you all were REALLY excited about the back-to-back U.S. Open championships. Our tweets leading up to historic event were some of the most popular of the year and the tweets sent out during the tournaments went viral with hundreds of retweets and favorites.
Another lesson: Scotty McCreery has awesome fans. When the American Idol winner played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time back in April, his loyal followers flocked to our blog to see what the singer thought about the Donald Ross course. Oh, and he sang a few bars.
Golf’s leading ladies also got plenty of love on our Twitter feed this year. It seemed any tweet mentioning tween Lucy Li turned to gold and Michelle Wie became a newsmaker when she won her first major title at Pinehurst.
Her team – basically just her mother and father – did not grant interviews before the tournament week, and settled on one media meeting before the tournament – in the large media center interview room on Wednesday. In less than 2 minutes, the little girl had charmed the entire room, breaking up seasoned journalists with quips about her favorite golfers, and in this memorable moment, her dad’s game.
“Can your dad beat you?”
Li giggles, and can barely get the word out.
That was it. From there, Lucy Li owned the first few days of the U.S. Women’s Open.
The USGA’s decision to host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst during consecutive weeks was a risk worth the reward. Executive Director Mike Davis said the two-week experiment will “rank right up there with the best ever.”
It’s no surprise Gold World and Golf Digest have named the historic back-to-back championships one of its Newsmakers of the Year.