Bishop issues apology letter to PGA section leaders

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 30, 2014, 12:26 am

Ousted PGA of America president Ted Bishop issued an apology to the 41 PGA section leaders and the association’s executive directors on Wednesday via a letter that was obtained by Golf Channel.

Bishop was “removed” from office last Friday less than a month before he was scheduled to step down after posting an insensitive tweet directed at Ian Poulter.

Greetings:

I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you and say how genuinely sorry I am for my stupidity and irresponsible social media posts that put the PGA of America in an embarrassing position last Friday. I abused my platform and let my personal emotions regarding Tom Watson and Nick Faldo drive ill-conceived comments about Ian Poulter, which some thought contained a sexist overtone.

It is with full remorse that I take complete responsibility for my actions. Serving you as our 38thPGA President was the greatest honor of my life. In the past two years our team was able to accomplish many milestones in our Association’s history. Just a year ago we announced that we were going to distribute nearly $4 million to our 41 sections in additional funding from ADP funding, business development deals and PGA Tour funding.

I had asked our staff to compile success stories on how Sections were able to use this funding to help our members.  You will hear these stories at the annual meeting in Indianapolis in a few weeks. Even though I won’t be there to hear the testimonials I am proud that we impacted many through this action.

The PGA became a respected voice with the golf world when we reacted to our member survey and opposed Rule 14-1b. The PGA elevated its relationship with the PGA Tour which resulted in increased playing opportunities for our members and additional Section funding.

Exciting championship site announcements took place. Bethpage Black will serve as the 2019 PGA Championship site as well as the host of the 2024 Ryder Cup. We named a West Coast PGA Championship site at Harding Park in San Francisco for 2020. The PGA has a great new partner in Donald Trump and we will take the Senior PGA and PGA Championships to Trump properties. The announcement of the KPMG PGA/LPGA Championship is a huge statement on the importance of women in golf.

I cannot express the excitement that I was feeling with the Indiana Section as it prepares to host our annual meeting next month in Indianapolis. I can assure you that my section will make this the best PGA annual meeting despite the circumstances that I have created.

There are valuable lessons to be learned here. On Friday when I asked the PGA officers why I was being removed I was told it was because of three factors. There was a negative media reaction, potential sponsorship ramifications and many negative remarks from PGA members.

When the PGA sent out message points on Monday regarding my impeachment, it said I was removed because my comments made on social media violated the PGA of America Code of Ethics. This is powerful and for someone who served six years on the PGA Board of Control it clearly sets an eye-opening precedent. I want to emphasize to all of you the severe importance in the use of your social media platforms. Do not be cavalier with your words and succumb to a Code of Ethics violation.

The outpouring of support that I have received from PGA members in the past few days has been overwhelming. Many have offered encouragement and said the PGA’s punishment does not fit the crime. The severe nature of my penalty includes impeachment, not being able to serve as the honorary president and never being classified as a past president of the PGA of America.

While I appreciate that support, please know that I am responsible for my actions. I have to accept the penalties given me by our Board of Directors. I have no one to blame in this situation other than myself. I was stupid and irresponsible. Hopefully, people will learn from my actions.

It has been my pleasure to serve as your 38th president. I am proud to continue to be a PGA member. I encourage you to continue to work hard to grow the game. Get involved with Get Golf Ready and PGA Junior League. Support Drive, Chip and Putt. You can make a difference.

Sincerely, Ted Bishop, PGA

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.