Bishop: PGA legacy now 'flushed down the toilet'


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.

Video: Bishop on removal from office and decision to not resign

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."