I’ve got a feeling that this wasn’t the first time Charlie has ever been left hanging.
Here are a few snippets from an interesting interview conducted earlier this week with former PGA of America President Ted Bishop.
“Golf.Com: Do you think people at the PGA wanted you out and saw this as an opportunity?
T. Bishop: Yeah, I do. As the events unfolded, I might have been naïve about some of what was going on around me. The PGA of America gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to say whatever I wanted. I knew there were times when I got close to the line, but I felt I never crossed it. This is just my nature. That’s who I am and what I do.
Golf.Com: Have you spoken to Poulter?
T. Bishop: I texted him, and he called me. It wasn’t a long talk, but it was a good conversation. I said, “I owe you an apology. I’ve got respect for you, and I didn’t mean the comments to be demeaning. I was sticking up for a friend of mine in Faldo.” He said he understood, and he also said the outcome was “tragic.” That was his exact word. I felt like that was the last thing for me, from a closure standpoint.
Golf.Com: What players reached out to you?
T. Bishop: Phil Mickelson did. He basically said, “Hey, as someone who has said a lot of things over the years that I would like to take back, I know how this stuff goes.” He also said that it’s no reflection on who I am and what I did in my time with the PGA of America. Davis Love and Steve Stricker said the same type of stuff. [Tom] Watson calls me almost every week just to see how I’m doing.”
You can read the interview in its entirety HERE.
There were some internal mumblings that suggested that Bishop might’ve had some enemies… there were probably more than just a few who found his sudden alliance with an equipment company CEO a bit offsetting. Then there was the taking to task of the USGA because of their decision to ban anchoring, which Bishop felt would push people further away from the game.
But many feel that he deserved more than being shoved out of a 50-story window with only a few months remaining of his tenure. Sure, he deserved to be reprimanded for saying what he said, but this was more than just a public relations nightmare via social media. This was an opportunity for those who didn’t see eye to eye with him on prior issues to get the last laugh.
All in all, it was an unfortunate situation that was made 1000 times worse because of so many egos involved. And in the end, I’m not sold on the notion that the PGA of America comes out looking better because of how it all went down.
Just my $.02
The PGA Tour gets back into full swing this Friday, as Zach Johnson will be trying to defend his title in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Obviously the field is pared down to 34 players, all of whom qualified by virtue of winning a tournament from the season prior.
It’s far more than just a rust-breaker for some of these guys however. The winner pockets a cool $1.1 million, earns unconditional Tour status for the next two seasons, and gets another invite to head back out Hawaii for a week next January.
And to think they have to beg some of these guys to come out there to play?
It’s a decent field, albeit condensed… but much too early in the season to be making any notable predictions. I will make one prediction however:
It will be about 50 degrees warmer there this weekend than here in Bogeyland.
Coverage starts Friday @ 4:30 pm EST on the Golf Channel