ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Ted Bishop may be gone but a crucial part of his legacy marches on.
Bishop, who was ousted as president of the PGA of America on Friday following an insensitive tweet directed at Ian Poulter, was instrumental in forming the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force following the U.S. team’s eighth loss in the last 10 matches last month. According to one member of the panel, its mission remains unchanged.
“If nothing else you are going to tell future players that past captains and players have some input. That’s what the players have wanted,” said Davis Love III, a member of the 11-man task force.
While plans for the first meeting are still being formulated, Love said the task force is trying to meet the first week of December with a second gathering tentatively scheduled for the first week of February during the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
While some have dismissed the task force as an overreaction to the U.S. team’s five-point loss in Scotland, Love considers it a step in the right direction.
“What does (PGA Tour commissioner) Tim Finchem do when the U.S. wins the Presidents Cup? The players say they want Freddie (Couples) back and they get Freddie again,” Love said. “What we need is continuity year after year after year.”
When the task force was created earlier this month, officials said the panel’s job was to address every aspect of the Ryder Cup, from how the teams and future captains are picked to the logistics and schedule during the matches.