PGA president refers to Poulter as 'Lil girl'

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: PGA President Ted Bishop speaks during the Ryder Cup Captain's Picks News Conference on September 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Ian Poulter of Europe poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA - OCTOBER 15: PGA President Ted Bishop smiles during the Trophy Presentation Ceremony for the 32nd PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course, on October 15, 2014 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images)
Europe's Ian Poulter celebrates on the 15th green during the fourball match on the second day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA - OCTOBER 13: PGA President Ted Bishop and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland pose for a photo during the Grand Slam Pro-Am for the 32nd PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course, on October 13, 2014 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images)
Europe’s Ian Poulter acknowledges the crowd on the 1st tee box during the singles match on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: USA Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson and PGA President Ted Bishop ride in a buggie together during the fourball matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images Europe)
Europe team members including Jamie Donaldson, right, Ian Poulter, center left, and Graeme McDowell, center right, celebrate with champagne after winning the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ted Bishop, PGA of America President speaks on stage during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles on September 25, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Europe’s Ian Poulter chips a shot into the 15th hole during the fourball match on the second day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches the lid of the Wanamaker trophy as PGA of America President, Ted Bishop, holds the trophy after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 6: Former US President Bill Clinton and PGA President Ted Bishop pose with the trophy at the Distinguished Service Award program for the 96th PGA Championship, at The Palace Theatre on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, KY. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Ian Poulter of Europe poses with the Ryder Cup trophy and wife Katie Poulter after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Europe's Ian Poulter reacts after missing a long putt on the 2nd green during the fourball match on the second day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Ian Poulter in action during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his criticism of the jobs Nick Faldo and Tom Watson did as Ryder Cup captains.

Faldo, with six majors regarded as Britain's greatest player, was captain of the last European team that lost the Ryder Cup in 2008. Watson, who has five British Open titles among his eight majors, was captain of the U.S. team that lost at Gleneagles last month.

Poulter, a European stalwart with a 12-4-2 record in the Ryder Cup, criticized both in his book, "No Limits," which was released this week.

PGA President Ted Bishop was with Faldo on Thursday at The Greenbrier for the "Faldo Series" junior program when he tweeted to Poulter, "Faldo's record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl."

In a separate posting on his Facebook page, Bishop lamented that athletes who had "lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticized the icons." He mentioned Watson's eight majors and 10-3-1 record in the Ryder Cup, and Faldo's six majors and record with most Ryder Cup points in history getting "bashed" by Poulter.

"Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C'MON MAN!"

Bishop did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press asking about the tone of his tweet.

Poulter was traveling to China. Before leaving, he tweeted, "I guess we can only have opinions if you won a major or 6."

Watson benched Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley for both sessions on Saturday at the Ryder Cup as the Americans fell behind. He also played Webb Simpson, one of his captain's picks, only once. Europe won 16 1/2-11 1/2, its eighth win in the last 10 Ryder Cups.

Mickelson indirectly criticized Watson in the closing press conference by saying the Americans had strayed from a winning formula and there was no room for player input under Watson's captaincy. Watson later wrote an "open letter" accepting responsibility for his style.

Poulter in his book said that Watson's decision-making "completely baffles me." He was referring to benching Mickelson and Keegan Bradley on Saturday.

Faldo stirred up the European team on Friday when he said during his Golf Channel commentary that Sergio Garcia was "useless" in 2008 during the European loss at Valhalla and that he had a "bad attitude." Faldo later explained in an interview with the AP that Garcia has emotional and physical problems and at one point told Faldo he didn't want to play.

"Faldo has lost a lot of respect from players because of what he said," Poulter said in his book. He noted that it was Europe's only loss in the last 15 years and Faldo was the captain. "So who's useless? I think Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror."

Poulter was a captain's pick that year.

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.
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