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Luke Donald learns the hard way that Twitter can cause you real headaches

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Ever think about how badly you could ruin your life with that little cell phone you have in your hand? One quick pic/misplaced text and boom, problems aplenty. Luke Donald learned that lesson on Saturday afternoon, popping off after bogeying the 18th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The TPC Boston hole had been redesigned by Gil Hanse, and Donald clearly wasn't thrilled with the new model.

"Nothing quite like hitting my best shot of the day into the last and walking off with a bogie, what a terribly re-designed green #sourtaste," Donald wrote; as always on Twitter, everything is [sic]'d. Problem is, he didn't end there.

Donald apparently thought he was texting or direct-messaging someone else, as he then posted his cell phone number and a shot at Hanse. "Gil Hanse is a [rooster]! Ha ha," he wrote. Both tweets were quickly deleted, but you can see the original here on Dogs That Chase Cars. (NSFW language, unless your workplace is a farm.)

"I made an error," Donald said after Sunday's round. "I sent a message out on Twitter that was not meant to go out on Twitter and I take full responsibility. I realized it immediately, tried to delete it and tried to move on. Unfortunately it got caught up there, and such is life. I didn't mean to put it out there and I apologize to anyone I offended, especially Gil Hanse."

Donald added that his phone had been ringing off the hook, metaphorically speaking, and that he might take a little break from Twitter for the time being. Oh, and he also didn't apologize for his words about the 18th:

"I'm still not that keen on it," Donald said. "I think the tour have done a great job in terms of making this course a lot better. I just think some of the design in that hole is a little severe. Obviously I was pretty heated, and certainly by the time that message went out, I had calmed down a lot, but it certainly wasn't meant to be public."

After three rounds, Donald is 4-under, tied for 27th and a whopping 15 strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen.

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