Bishop: PGA legacy now 'flushed down the toilet'

By Will GrayOctober 28, 2014, 1:36 pm

Ted Bishop, four days after being removed as the president of the PGA of America, believes that decades of work for diversity have been erased by a pair of ill-fated social media comments.

Bishop called Ian Poulter a "Lil Girl" on Twitter Thursday and then expanded upon that view in a Facebook post. Less than 24 hours later, his tenure as the PGA's 38th president was over, four weeks before he was set to leave office.

Bishop apologized Tuesday on "Morning Drive" for his comments and expressed regret over the subsequent fallout.

"The remorse I feel is because it potentially wipes out a lot of really good work that I've done over my career with women," he said. "It's painful because it's taken a lot of things that I've done and put them down the drain."

Bishop explained that he was given three reasons for his removal by PGA vice president Derek Sprague, now the organization's interim president: negative media feedback, potential damage to relationships with sponsors and an outpouring of negative responses from PGA members following Bishop's comments.


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Bishop added that he has removed himself from the social media landscape. He said his punishment "did not fit the crime," and that an appropriate penalty would have included a social media ban in addition to appearances in public service announcements.

"I could have done some PSAs for the PGA that would have helped educate people on the correct usage of social media and been an outspoken advocate for women's rights in the game," he said.

Instead, he was removed by the board of directors - impeached, according to Bishop - and stripped of the privileges bestowed upon past presidents. After speaking on a daily basis during his tenure with Sprague and PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua, Bishop believes those relationships are also casualties of the situation.

"I'll probably never talk to those guys again the rest of my life," he said. "I'll probably never see them again the rest of my life."

His focus, though, remains on the potential damage inflicted upon his legacy, one that he spent decades building within the organization while raising two daughters who are both now involved in the game.

"When I wake up at 2:30-3 a.m. and I can't sleep, it's because I look at the things I feel like I've done in my career, for my girls, for women from Day 1, and I think these things, they're flushed down the toilet," he said. "And that's going to be my legacy. That's it. That's the situation I created for myself."

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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.