Timeline: Poulter vs. Bishop

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 24, 2014, 6:17 am

2008 Ryder Cup - Paul Azinger's U.S. team wins, 16 1/2 to 11 1/2, over Nick Faldo's Europeans at Valhalla - only U.S. win since 1999. Sergio Garcia goes 0-2-2, including 5-and-4 singles loss to Anthony Kim. Its his worst record in six Ryder Cups.


Sept. 26, 2014 - During opening-day Ryder Cup telecast on Golf Channel, analyst Faldo says Garcia was “useless” and had “a bad attitude” during 2008 Ryder Cup.

Host Terry Gannon says that regardless of what Garcia has done on his own, he has been ''spectacular'' during the Ryder Cup.

''Yes, apart from one,'' Faldo replies.

When Gannon asks if that 2008 Ryder Cup still hurt, Faldo says: ''He was useless.'' After some laughter, Faldo adds: ''Half a point, bad attitude. Anyway, we move on six years later.'' (Garcia actually earned one point.)

Later that day, Garcia responds: "There's a lot of things I could say about Nick Faldo, but I'm not going to put myself down to his level.”

2008 teammate Graeme McDowell points out that Faldo benched Garcia and Lee Westwood for the Saturday afternoon session. “I'd say Sergio was fairly useless that afternoon, yeah," McDowell says, "because he wasn't able to play. So, yeah, I agree.”


Sept. 26, 2014 - In an interview with The Associated Press, Faldo says Garcia had emotional and physical problems at Valhalla and even told Faldo he did not want to play.

Faldo says Garcia was emotionally down after breaking up with his girlfriend and told Faldo he didn't want to play after the pairings already were in.

''He was always labeled as the man who brings emotion and passion. We didn't have it that week,'' Faldo tells the AP. ''That's, in my opinion, how it looked and felt.''

Faldo says Garcia was ''down in the dumps'' after Morgan Leigh Norman, the daughter of Greg Norman, had broken up with him.

''Friday morning, I'm going up the 10th hole with him,'' he says. ''I just put my arm around him and said, 'Are you good to go this afternoon?' And he said, 'Yes' to me. Then I get him on the 18th green and he says, 'I'm [expletive]. I don't want to play anymore. I've been on antibiotics.' I told him he was on the tee in 30 minutes.''

The pairings are submitted for the afternoon before the morning matches are over.

''That was the tone of Sergio for the whole week,'' Faldo says. ''He wasn't in it.''

Faldo says his choice of words - ''useless'' - stems from reacting on live television.

''I agree that was harsh. Everybody immediately goes straight to him that 'Faldo says you were useless' when they don't know the circumstances. It's live television. It's half tongue-in-cheek. It's a throwaway line with no malice.''


Sept. 28, 2014 - At Gleneagles after Europe’s 16 1/2-to-11 1/2 Ryder Cup victory, Garcia is asked if he received a congratulatory message from Faldo.

“I have not, but I really wouldn’t expect it anyway,” Garcia says. “I’m an open mind, I’m always willing to forgive and forget. It was an unfortunate comment. I’ll move on.”


Oct. 19, 2014 - In his newly published autobiography, “No Limits," Poulter says the European Ryder Cup team is furious with Faldo and many of the players have lost respect for him after he called Garcia “useless."

“Sergio puts a brave face on it but the rest of the guys are fuming,” Poulter writes in the book, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph. “I’m shocked that he has said it. It’s highly disrespectful. It’s a cheap shot and it’s the worst possible timing.

“It makes me laugh. Faldo is talking about someone being useless at the 2008 Ryder Cup. That’s the Ryder Cup where he was captain. That’s the Ryder Cup where the Europe team suffered a heavy defeat. And he was captain. So who’s useless?

“Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror. I have always got on great with Faldo in the past and I have a great deal of respect for everything he has achieved but this feels like sour grapes. It feels like a guy who is still bitter that he lost in 2008.

“Faldo has lost a lot of respect from players because of what he said. There were plenty of things a lot of the players were unhappy with at Valhalla but none of us criticized him. He may find that begins to change now.”


Oct. 23, 2014 - On Facebook and Twitter, PGA of America president Ted Bishop criticizes Poulter for criticizing Faldo for criticizing Garcia.

Bishop tweets:

@IanJamesPoulter -Faldo's record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl. @NickFaldo006 @pgaofamerica — Ted Bishop (@tedbishop38pga)

Bishop subsequently deletes the tweet

Bishop expands on his thoughts in a post to his personal Facebook page:

"Used to be athletes who had lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticized the icons. 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!"

Bishop later deletes the Facebook post, too.


Oct. 23, 2014: In a statement sent exclusively to Golf Channel, Poulter says:

"Is being called a "lil girl" meant to be derogatory or a put down? That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment."

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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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