Altvater: Ted Bishop would like a Twitter mulliganWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The PGA of America recently took the unprecedented action of firing Ted Bishop for comments he made on Twitter and Facebook.
Bishop has been under fire lately for his choice of Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captain for the United States, after the lopsided loss at Gleneagles and criticism of Watson by Phil Mickelson.
In his new book “No Limits,” Ian Poulter blasts former European Ryder Cup Captain Nick Faldo for ostracizing Sergio Garcia. Faldo referred to Garcia’s performance in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla during the 2014 Ryder Cup broadcast as “useless.”
Bishop was at the Greenbrier Resort interacting with Faldo in a junior clinic and took umbrage at Poulter’s remarks.
Bishop took to Twitter and Facebook to chastise Poulter for the lack of respect shown to the six-time major champion, Faldo.
In his comments, Bishop referred to Poulter as “lil girl” and “screaming like a little girl.”
Women in golf, media and other PGA professionals felt Bishop’s comment were demeaning to women and the board of directors fired Bishop with less than 30 days remaining on his two-year term as president.
This is the first time the PGA of America has ousted a president from office and Bishop will not be recognized as a past president or invited to any future PGA of America events.
Certainly Bishop’s comments were untimely and should not have been made in social media. This is yet another case of public people using social media in an incorrect manner.
But does his removal with just 30 days remaining in his term and subsequent banishment from future PGA events befit the crime?
Bishop has been responsible for many positive programs for the PGA over the last two years and to the organization over the past 30 years.
It seems the officers and board of directors of the PGA of America may have acted a bit too harshly with Mr. Bishop over a few silly comments made in social media.
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