"Shocking and disappointing." That's how Ian Poulter described his reaction to PGA of America president Ted Bishop's characterization of him as a "Lil Girl" while criticizing him for remarks he made about Nick Faldo in his autobiography.
"Is being called a "lil girl" meant to be derogatory or a put down?" Poulter said in a statement released exclusively to Golf Channel. "That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment."
Bishop used his Twitter account to take Poulter to task for criticizing Faldo over Faldo's comment that Sergio Garcia was "useless" in the 2008 Ryder Cup, which Europe lost under Faldo's captaincy.
Bishop expanded on his thoughts in a post to his personal Facebook page, which – like the tweet – was deleted more than an hour after publishing:
"Used to be athletes who had lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticized the icons," Bishop wrote. "Tom Watson (8 majors and a 10-3-1 Ryder Cup record) and Nick Faldo (6 majors and all-time Ryder Cup points leader) get bashed by Ian James Poulter. Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C'MON MAN!"
Later Thursday, PGA spokesman Julius Mason issued the following statement:
“Ted realized that his post was inappropriate and promptly removed it.”