PGA of America president Ted Bishop has a lot of strengths, but holding his tongue does not seem to be one of them.
Bishop took to social media Thursday evening to attack Ian Poulter for his criticisms of former Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo, calling Poulter a 'lil girl'. The posts have since been deleted.
Bishop said via Twitter: "@IanJamesPoulter -Faldo's record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl. @NickFaldo006 @pgaofamerica .
The PGA's head honcho expanded his thoughts on Facebook, defending Tom Watson and Nick Faldo while equating Poulter's comments to a "little school girl squealing during recess."
In his new auotbiography No Limits: My Autobiography, Poulter criticized Faldo's on-air comments during the Ryder Cup, in which Faldo said Sergio Garcia was "useless" during the 2008 Ryder Cup.
"Sergio puts a brave face on it but the rest of the guys are fuming. 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 criticised him. He may find that begins to change now."
The PGA of America said Bishop "realized that his post was inappropriate and promptly removed it."
Bishop said in an email Thursday night to The Associated Press, "Obviously I could have selected some different ways to express my thoughts on Poulter's remarks. Golf had always been a sport where respect was shown to its icons. That seems to have gone by the wayside."
Poulter said in a brief telephone interview that he was disappointed in Bishop's tweet. He later released a statement to Golf Channel.
"Is being called a `lil girl' meant to be derogatory or a put down?" Poulter said in the statement. "That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment."
Bishop's two-year term as president expires next month at the PGA annual meeting. Bishop chose Watson as the Ryder Cup captain – at 65, the oldest in Ryder Cup history. He recently announced a task force to help solve America's recent losing streak in the Ryder Cup.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.