PGA President removed from office for calling out Poulter

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PGA President Ted Bishop has been let go by the PGA for his comments on Ian Poulter on Twitter, calling him a “Lil girl”.

It all started when Poulter bashed Nick Faldo in his book ‘No limits” over the way Faldo treated Sergio Garcia during the broadcast of the historic 2008 Ryder Cup in which the Americans won with the dominate performances of Anthony Kim and Boo Weekly who have both long been not seen in any competitive play.

Last time I heard Boo, he was on the radio and of course I was delighted!

Faldo called Garcia “useless” and claimed that he had a “bad attitude” which is no surprise to anybody but Poulter has been a teammate of Garcia’s in a few Ryder Cups.

Bishop’s remarks were considered “sexist” which is what led to his demise. It wasn’t because “Oh, he attacked a player” but rather the “Lil girl” thing.

 

Ted released a statement in regards to his removal. This, courtesy of Golf.com:

 

I want to apologize to Ian Poulter and anyone else that I might have offended with my remarks on social media that appeared on October 23, 2014. Particularly, I have great remorse that my comments contained the words “little girl” because I have always been a great advocate for girls and women in golf.

My two children, both girls, have made their careers in golf. I have a 4-year old granddaughter who I hope will someday play the game. In my 37-year career in golf, I have worked with many women to grow the sport and I have been a champion for inclusion and equal rights for women in golf.

However, this is a classic example of poor use of social media on my part and if I had the chance to hit the delete button on the things that I sent out yesterday, I would without hesitation. The PGA of America asked me to avoid any interaction with the media in the past 24 hours and that is why I did not issue a formal and public apology, which I have wanted to do since early this morning.

This afternoon I was asked by my fellow Officers to resign my position as President. I declined because I wanted to speak to our PGA Board of Directors, offer a personal apology and let the due process take place in this matter. The Board heard me out and then voted to impeach me as the 38th President. That is the due process and I respect that, as painful as it might be.

The PGA has also informed me that I will not become the Honorary President nor will I ever be recognized as a Past President in our Association’s history. These, along with the impeachment are drastic consequences for the offense I have committed, but I must live with them. I take great pride in what we were able to accomplish in the last 23 months. Hopefully, we laid the groundwork for a successful future for the PGA of America. Today, all I have left is my PGA membership and that will always mean the world to me.

Ted Bishop, PGA

 

There are so many angles here. One is that both Poulter and Garcia can be clowns and they’ve shown.

 

Poulter is very outspoken as we know and Sergio has done his share of bad things although it seems like he’s toned it down a bit but we’ll see moving forward.

 

The other thing is that Bishop was in a position where he had to be careful about what he said. Calling out another player is probably something a President shouldn’t do as it takes away from your professionalism.

 

However, I was a bit surprised that he was removed because his words were considered “sexist”. I thought they removed him because he was calling Poulter  a name.

 

In this case, I think calling it “sexist” is a little overreaction although I know there’s a TON of little girls who can kick a grown man’s butt.

 

My other point is point out to Faldo which is why this whole thing started to begin with. As a broadcaster, you should never call players things like “useless” or anything like that.

 

It’s broadcasting 101. You say that, then people will think you’re against that player ever time you open the mics. As a play-by-play or color commentator, it’s not your job to give opinions.

 

Your job is to describe shots, courses, hole layouts, etc. Analysts and columnists are the ones who are paid to give opinions and even they have to be careful sometimes.

 

Although I think what Ted said was unprofessional, I don’t think it was bad enough to the point where he should of lost his job. It’s not like he swore at Poulter.

 

We already know Poulter can seem like a jerk sometimes but leave that to us fans to talk smack. The President shouldn’t be involved and should keep things as professional as possible and not throw into an already burning fire.

 

The interim Prez will be Derek Sprague.

 

Well! In other news, here’s a GIF of Ian Poulter falling down after a tough shot:

 

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Leave your thoughts on Ted Bishop’s departure below although I already know what’s coming because I just know.

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PGA President calls Ian Poulter a “Lil girl” on Twitter

Ooohh shots fired! Quick! Man the cannons! We’re steering the ship the other waaay!

President Ted Bishop who is known as one of the more expressive presidents in sports, gave Ian Poulter a slap in the face by calling him a “Lil girl” on Twitter after Poulter’s remarks about Nick Fadlo in his book titled “No Limits”.

Faldo had made some remarks about Sergio Garcia in the 2008 Ryder Cup calling him “useless” and that he has a “bad attitude”.

Poulter said the following in the autobiography:

“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.Bishop

“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.”

Although the Tweet has been deleted, here’s a screenshot of Ted Bishop’s tweet aimed at Poulter courtesy of Golf Digest:

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Look, I know, both Poulter and Garcia can be complete tools and there’s no denying that. Garcia has always been a controversial figure in golf and Poulter is known to say things that tend to anger others. However, as the president of the PGA, you should ALWAYS be professional.

You have to keep those thoughts to yourself. It’s fine what you think about them in your mind but when you have arguably the most important job in golf, you must have a neutral mind about players otherwise people will think you’re favoring other players over each other.

That’s just me. I think it’s best to just shy away from that stuff. Leave that to us fans!

Leave YOUR thoughts in the comments below! Also, you can follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio because I’m weird!

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Full Rosters Set for American, European Ryder Cup Teams

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The Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks were selected on Tuesday. Both U.S. and European Ryder Cup squads are officially set. Both U.S. captain Tom Watson and Euro captain Paul McGinley made their final three choices and now we will be looking forward to another exciting Ryder Cup.

The three U.S. Picks were:

Keegan Bradley

Hunter Mahan

Webb Simpson

The three European picks were:


Stephen Gallacher

Ian Poulter

Lee Westwood

So now here is the full roster for your 2014 Ryder Cup teams.

Team USA:

Tom Watson — Captain
Keegan Bradley
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Zach Johnson
Matt Kuchar
Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson
Patrick Reed
Webb Simpson
Jordan Spieth
Jimmy Walker
Bubba Watson
Raymond Floyd — Vice Captain
Andy North — Vice Captain
Steve Stricker — Vice Captain


Team Europe:


Paul McGinley – Captain
Rory Mcilroy
Henrik Stenson
Sergio Garcia
Victor Dubuisson
Jamie Donaldson
Thomas Bjorn
Martin Kaymer
Graeme McDowell
Justin Rose
Lee Westwood
Stephen Gallacher
Ian Poulter
Des Smyth – Vice Captain
Sam Torrance – Vice Captain

So there you have it! Your 2014 squads! Lee Westwood might have been the biggest surprise to some judging by the Facebook comments I saw. A lot of fans probably thought Luke Donald deserved the pick but what Lee brings is that extra experience and power off the tee.

I had four out of the six picks right (Yay! Mini win!). I had Hunter Mahan, Keegan, and Brendon Todd.

For the Euro squad, I had Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallacher and Luke Donald. My reasons for choosing Brendon and Luke is because of their incredible putting ability.

So who did you think the Ryder Cup Captains should have picked? Do you like the picks? Leave your thoughts and comments below! This is the most exciting time in golf and would love to get your thoughts!

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WATCH: Rory Mcilroy Saves Wanamaker Trophy Like a Champ

On Sunday, Rory Mcilroy won his second PGA Championship and second straight major. Well, when PGA of America president Ted Bishop was about to give the Wanamaker trophy to Rory, Rory attempted to go in for a handshake when Ted accidentally tipped the trophy over and almost dropped until Rory with his amazing golf like reflexes (Golf like reflexes?) saves the trophy.

As we know, the Wanamaker might be the prettiest trophy in golf, but it’s also the heaviest. So, it’s no surprise that Ted nearly dropped it. Here’s Rory’s great save!

He’ll be playing for a much lighter trophy in a couple of months when he’ll be playing with team Europe in the Ryder Cup. Let’s just say this time that Rory made…a nice par save!

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Rory Mcilroy Wins PGA Championship for His Fourth Major Title, Second of the Year

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Rory Mcilroy won the PGA Championship Sunday for his fourth major title and the second of the year. He becomes the third youngest player to win his fourth major. The other two youngest are names you may be familiar with.

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Rory finished at -16 with three of golf’s all-stars, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson right behind. Henrik had one last shot on 18 and had the biggest pressure at the time as he had it was his only hope to tie for second at -15 and the chance to win depending on Rickie, Phil and Rory’s outcome.

Instead, Henrik finished at -14. Phil hit an unbelievable chip shot on 18 which would have tied him for the lead while Rory was in the fairway bunker.

Phil finished with the runner-up finish yet again in a major tying him third all-time for major runner ups behind Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Rickie had a chance to make a long eagle on 18 but hit just a bit too hard.

He had a chance for a birdie to finish -15 but missed that putt as well. He ended up finishing at -14. Rickie was playing out of his mind on the front 9, hitting a chip in hole and beautiful putt as well.

In the end, it was Rory who prevailed yet again for his third straight win and second straight major. He made a clutch putt on 16 which pretty much gave him a the title. Rickie and Phil also pulled off a classy move and finished out the 18th quickly before night fell giving Rory his chance.

It was his to lose and he made sure that didn’t happen. The PGA Championship was by far the best major of the year.

Most people consider the PGA the worst major of the year but this year, it was the king. A true battle between four golf superstars and an unbelievable player pulls it out. Rory Mcilroy, your 2014 PGA Championship winner.

Below is the video of Phil’s amazing chip on 18:

Here’s the putt that gave Rory the ultimate momentum:

And here’s the winning putt from Rory to claim his second PGA title:

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Rory Mcilroy Says Breakup With Wozniacki a Big Part of His Success

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In a previous article, I said that Rory breaking up with Caroline Wozniacki has helped him out. Sure enough, he came out and said it himself according to the Daily Mail in the UK.

‘I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf, Rory said.

‘I’ve put a bit more time into it and it has refocused me. I mean, what else do I have to do now?

See there. A relationship CAN get in the way of your career. Especially if your lover is almost as busy as you are. It’s a lot of thinking and then they were talking about marriage?

Heck yeah that was a distraction! Nothing wrong with love, but it just all depends on what kind of relationship you’re in *In Dr.Phil voice*.

If you’re in one at that young of an age and you guys are both very busy people then it kills you mentally because he/she is always on your mind. Talking about getting married certainly didn’t help either. Some may deny it because they may be in good working relationships.

However, it’s mighty funny how Rory was playing like Bubba Watson when he still had a clothing line at Steve & Barry’s (Oh, how I miss you!) and play like a golf great after.

Rory did say previously though that the relationship had nothing to do with his struggles.

You can see that video below.

It’s pretty obvious why he said that. He didn’t want to get in hot water with Caroline so it’s very understandable. You could say “Heck yeah, that girl got me going crazy! Hitting my balls all sideways and crap!”

but then the relationship would have been over right there and then. Then Caroline would call him and be like Hawk Harrelson: “Rory, this relationship is OVAAAA!”.

This lesson Rory learned just turned him back into the Rory we were hoping he would be and it’s great to see. Maybe Rory should have relationships with women and break up with them more often because he is on firrree! RORYSHAKALAKA!

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WATCH: Jason Day Goes Into The Jungle and Hits a Remarkable Recovery Shot

In the third round of the PGA Championship, Jason Day, who’s currently in a dogfight with Rory Mcilroy, and Bernd Weisberger ended up in the REALLY thick stuff. So what did J-Day do? Roll up his pants, go over there, and hit the ball out. He was looking like the ultimate adventurer out there! The way his club got tossed to him and everything, looked like something out of an adventure show!

Here’s the clip:

And here’s some insight from the legendary golf writer, Dan Jenkins:

Can someone que the Indiana Jones music? Because I think Jason would be a perfect adventure guy!

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Leave your comments on this impressive recovery shot and big thanks to USA Today’s For The Win blog for sharing! You can find me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio!


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PHOTOS: Rickie Fowler and Ryan Palmer Photobomb Tiger Woods at PGA Championship

During the practice rounds of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, both Rickie Fowler AND Ryan Palmer photobomb Tiger’s practice round photos. They look pretty hilarious as Rickie has that “Ayyyyeee!” kind of look and Ryan Palmer’s all like “Whoa! Whoa! WHOAAA!” as he looks like he may fall off the bridge. Classic stuff from two interesting characters.

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Want to take advantage of a big story like Tiger’s arrival at Valhalla? Simple! Just photobomb everything around you!

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John Daly Says He Wants to Help Dustin Johnson With Drug Issues

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Dustin Johnson has been going through a lot of drug issues lately and what better man to help you with your problems than John Daly? According to TMZ Sports, the two-time major champion (With the loud colorful pants might I add) has said that he wants to help DJ get through this tough time. John has had some well documented issues himself in the past whether it was his drinking addiction or his gambling issues, John knows that feel bro.

“I texted Dustin a few days ago and told him how much I love him. He’s talented … he’s the future of golf.” JD told TMZ Sports.

Dustin is indeed part of the “futures of the game” along with several others such as Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, and the monster name of Rory Mcilroy. Dustin does the one thing that still makes people think golf is cool, and that is hit long drives. He and Bubba Watson have been kind of back and forth as to who is the king of the long drive on tour. A few years back, you had several guys who hit major tee shots such as J.B. Holmes and Luke List. Nicolas Colsaerts is another long driver today but plays mostly on the European Tour.

With John Daly trying to help, I think it’s a good thing because he’s been through the same thing. Not saying you have to go through addictions to help someone with addictions but they may relate more to the situation. One thing about John Daly, he’s had issues in the past but he never seemed like a bad “person”. He seems like he’s always cool with everyone, he just had his own problems. If you aren’t a total d-bag, chances are that that will be better help for you. Dustin Johnson #TheReturn

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Rory Mcilroy’s Dad Made Bet 10 Years Ago That Son Would Win Open Championship, Rory is Currently Destroying Field

Well I’ll be darned! Rory Mcilroy is destroying Royal Liverpool at the Open Championship and his father ironically made a bet 10 years ago that his son would win an Open Championship by the age of 26 and Rory is getting ever closer to accomplishing that. If he pulls it off, he’ll be only a Masters title away from completing the rare career grand slam, winning all four majors at least once in his career. He could have won The Masters a few years ago as he was going wire-to-wire but famously collapsed in the final round and to this day may still haunt him.

Here’s how the bet happened according to Michael Collins of ESPN.com:

HOYLAKE, England — According to the BBC’s Andrew Cotter, 10 years ago Rory McIlroy’s father Gerry and three friends made a legal bet of 400 British pounds (100 each, equivalent to $170.87 currently) that the then-15-year-old would win the Open Championship by the age of 26.

That’s a looott of money! must be nice to just grab buddies and accumulate nearly $200,000 for a bet. At the same time, does it sound kinda wrong to bet on your own kid? Whatever the case is, Rory’s making 30X more money than that bet will ever be and I think we all can agree on that! Let’s see how Rory does on Championship Sunday. If he wins, then this will be a terrific story and maybe the break up with Caroline Wozniacki has something to do with it? See man, love isn’t all you need!

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