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Rickie Fowler takes heat for supporting Mitt Romney on Twitter

Brian Spurlock-US Presswire

Rickie Fowler isn’t the first PGA Tour golfer to declare himself Republican, of course. But he may be the first to lose popularity for expressing his views on social media.

Fowler is routinely trumpeted by the PGA as one of the young stars on tour, but the 23-year old took heat from his legion of followers on Twitter after declaring his support for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during Tuesday’s debate.

In a series of Tweets this week, Fowler claimed to be losing Twitter followers, posting on his @RickieFowlerPGA feed:

Funny how people will unfollow me just because I support Romney…seems smart…made my pick…make yours and vote #simple

A day later, Fowler clarified his post-debate Tweet:

A lot of people didn’t get my sarcasm in that tweet last night…”seems smart” was in response to the people who unfollow based on who – I support…wasn’t saying I support Romney just because it seems smart…it was a jab at the unfollowers :)

With more than 413,000 followers, Fowler is believed to be one of the most popular PGA Tour players on Twitter. The Murrieta, Calif., native earned his first Tour win last May as he bested the field at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Rated 28th in the Official World Golf Rankings, Fowler has earned more than $8.5 million in his four-year career. Which is to say the Jupiter, Fla., resident has incentive to vote republican in the Nov. 6 presidential election — if he buys into President Barack Obama’s recent claims that Romney’s proposed 20-percent tax cut only favors millionaires.

“The bulk of this tax cut would go to the very top,” President Obama said at an Aug. 1 rally in Manfield, Ohio, according to the official White House transcript. “Folks making more than $3 million a year — the top one-tenth of one percent — would get a tax cut worth almost a quarter of a million dollars. Now, think about that. Folks making $3 million a year or more would get a quarter-of-a-million-dollar tax cut.”

Thanks to five top-10 finishes among the 23 events he has entered, Fowler has earned $3,066,293 this year.