Bitter? You be the judge after reading Golf Magazine’s fascinating, wide-ranging interview with ousted PGA president Ted Bishop.
Bishop opened up about everything from his fateful “lil girl” tweet to which players reached out to him during the fallout and whether he had any sense that the U.S. team was divided at Gleneagles. But one of his most candid answers came when asked whether he thought his punishment (firing) fit his crime (posting insensitive comments on social media).
“No, I don’t,” he told the magazine. “I think I got a raw deal.
“Take Patrick Reed as an example. [On-course microphones in Shanghai picked up Reed berating himself with an expletive and gay slur.] Patrick’s remarks were far more inflammatory than my remarks. My youngest daughter Googled ‘Patrick Reed’ and ‘insensitive gay remarks,’ and she said there were 145,000 results. She Googled ‘Ted Bishop’s Twitter remarks’ and 10,600,000 popped up.
“When I talk to people with the PGA Tour about how they would handle players who had tweeted far worse things than I did, this was really an extreme reaction.”
Is he still angry?
Well, Bishop remains the president of Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., but because the PGA of America board voted to remove him from his post, he will not be invited to future PGA Championships or Ryder Cups as a past president. He had one month left on his two-year voluntary term.
“People ask me, ‘How can you not be bitter?’” he told the magazine. “It’s one of those things that when it’s happening, it seems more important than it is. I’m ready to move on. I know what I accomplished, and other people know. And I’m good with that.”