Bishop: Phil voiced concerns about Watson in July


Former PGA president Ted Bishop wasn’t surprised by Phil Mickelson’s criticism of Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson during the now-infamous news conference at Gleneagles.

Nor should Bishop have been. Mickelson had voiced his concerns to him less than three months earlier, during a pro-am at the Scottish Open.

In fact, what Lefty said at Gleneagles was a “soliloquy on what he had told me in July,” Bishop said Tuesday on “Morning Drive”. “I will give Phil credit for that. The message was totally consistent.

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“The only issue I had with what Phil said was the timing of when he said it and the venue and medium that he made the remarks in. And I told him this. I just thought those things should have been said behind closed doors to Tom or PGA of America officials, but that’s history. That’s over with.” 

Bishop, removed by the PGA of America on Friday because of sexist remarks he made on social media, was instrumental in bringing back Watson as captain, hoping that the 65-year-old eight-time major champion would help the Americans win on foreign soil for the first time since 1993.