Bishop expresses remorse, recounts removal timeline

By Will GrayOctober 28, 2014, 12:15 pm

Ted Bishop expressed remorse over the social media comments that led to his demise while speaking on-air Tuesday for the first time since his removal as PGA president. 

"I really regret, like you can't imagine, what I did and what I said, particularly the implication that came out of it," Bishop told Gary Williams on "Morning Drive."

The controversy surrounding Bishop began Thursday with comments on Twitter and Facebook about Ian Poulter, calling the Englishman a "Lil Girl" after Poulter made comments about Nick Faldo in his recently-released autobiography. Bishop explained that he was also sensitive to comments made about U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, including some from Poulter.

"I think what I was really trying to say was, 'Why don't we all grow up?'" he said. "I'm just old-school from the standpoint that I think icons in the game should be treated with a certain amount of reverence, and I felt like that didn't happen necessarily with Tom after the Ryder Cup, and it wasn't happening with Nick then."

Bishop explained that emotions for him had been "building up" since the American loss at Gleneagles last month, but he added that it was "absolutely no excuse" for his comments.

"I've got to know my position as the president of the PGA of America, and I can't be a fan of golf," he said. "I can't be Ted Bishop and have personal opinions on this subject, but obviously that's what happened."


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Bishop also shed light on the timeline that led to his removal. Conversations and emails with both PGA of America spokesperson Julius Mason and PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua in the hours following his comments led Bishop to believe that the controversy might soon blow over, but when Mason sent him a short statement to approve for release, Bishop was concerned about the lack of remorse it offered.

"It was not in my words and it was not apologetic in any way, shape or form," he said. "But it kind of fit the tone of the conversation that we had had an hour and a half ago, that maybe this wasn't really that big of a deal."

Bishop then offered a statement to The Associated Press, which he made in line with the statement released by the PGA on his behalf and which he admitted in hindsight was a "huge mistake."

"I should have just apologized right from the get-go," he said.

By Friday morning, Bishop's communication with the PGA became entirely one-sided, as multiple texts to Mason went unanswered. It was at that point that Bishop first began to feel like his job might be in jeopardy.

"I said to Julius, 'The longer we wait, the worse this gets.' Unfortunately I never heard anything from the PGA of America," he said. "I think you get to a point a couple hours when you're into it and you're getting no communication from anybody, that you know you're in trouble."

Once Bishop was summoned for a Friday afternoon conference call by PGA vice president Derek Sprague, now the organization's interim president, he knew his time was drawing near.

"The silence was deafening," he said. "At that point in time, I pretty much knew my fate was sealed."

Forced from his position and stripped of honors typically bestowed upon a past president, Bishop reiterated that he is ultimately responsible for the chain of events.

"I created this mess. It's my fault. It's not the PGA of America's fault, it's my fault," he said. "I don't think the punishment fits the crime, but it is what it is and I have to accept that, and I'm not bitter about that in any way, shape or form."

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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