Ted Bishop's Excellent Misadventures as PGA of America President
October 27, 2014
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Ted Bishop's reign as president of the PGA of America came to an unceremonious end after he was fired for controversial posts on social media. Here, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of his presidency.
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A New President Ted Bishop was elected as the 38th president of the PGA of America at its annual meeting on Nov. 10, 2012. Previously, he had been the director of golf and general manager of The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., since 1991.
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Strong -- and Controversial -- Beliefs Bishop named Peter Bevacqua, far left next to Donald Trump, as CEO of the PGA of America. Bishop's plans as president started to unfold as he took strong stances against the banning of anchored putters and supported the inclusion of women as R&A members.
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The Watson Decision Bishop announced Tom Watson as the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain in December 2012. This will be one of the decisions for which he will be most remembered -- but likely not celebrated.
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Trying to Save the Anchored Putter In March 2013, Bishop wrote a column about the USGA/R&A proposed ban of anchored putters, calling it "one of the most divisive issues that modern-day golf has seen."
In April, he exchanged tense words with R&A chief executive Peter Dawson on the ban, after which Dawson said "irreparable damage" had been done.
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A Lost Battle In May 2013, the USGA and R&A announced a ban on the anchored stroke, despite Bishop's efforts.
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Moving the PGA Championship Bishop tells Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" in November 2013 that it's his "personal opinion, and not one necessarily as president of the PGA of America," to see the PGA Championship played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
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Losing His Grip Bishop started to lose a handle on his public appearances, beginning with the juggling of the Wanamaker Trophy at the 2014 PGA Championship in August.
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Non-Traditionalist In what some golfers would consider a slap in the face to their sport, Bishop enthusiastically embraced the idea of "Hack Golf" -- including both 15-inch diameter holes and FootGolf -- installing both courses at his home Legends Golf Club in Indiana.
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Admitting He's Sorry Bishop apologizes to Rickie Fowler for the way the PGA Championship ended after Rory McIlroy was allowed to hit an approach shot to the 18th while Fowler and Phil Mickelson were still playing the hole. Bishop and the PGA of America faced criticism for making the decision to rush play against fading daylight.
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Unashamed Patriotism To support Team USA, Bishop followed Rickie Fowler's example by sporting a patriotic haircut of his own...he just needed some extra help with highlighting exactly what was trimmed into it.
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Extremely Public Bishop has debated his points largely in view of the public. In a foreshadowing statement earlier in October 2014, new president Derek Sprague said, "I think it's more effective to settle disputes behind closed doors. In public debates, egos get involved, because no one wants to lose publicly."
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Ted's Task Force Following Team USA's dismal performance at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the PGA announced in October the creation of a Ryder Cup Task Force to sort out the problems stumping America's team.
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Sloppy Social Media Use On Oct. 23, 2014, Bishop called Ian Poulter a "lil girl" on Twitter in response to Poulter's criticism of Nick Faldo in Poulter's recently released book. Poulter called Bishop's remarks "shocking and disappointing."
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The Tweet That Ended It All Just 22 hours after the social media saga began, Ted Bishop was fired as the President of the PGA of America and barred from further consideration as an Honorary President. The PGA of America cited "insensitive gender-based statements posted yesterday on social media" as the reason for Bishop's sacking.
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