Ted Bishop resigns as PGA president

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Ted Bishop Fired As PGA President

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- Ted Bishop was ousted Friday as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter.

Bishop was unhappy with comments Poulter made in his book about the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson last month at Gleneagles. Bishop was with Faldo at The Greenbrier on Thursday 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 Ryder Cup points getting "bashed" by Poulter.

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

He deleted the tweet and the Facebook post later Thursday evening and said in an email to The Associated Press that "I could have selected some different way to express my thoughts on Poulter's remarks."

But he never apologized.

In removing Bishop as president, the PGA of America board said the remarks were inconsistent with association's policies.

"The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf," PGA chief executive Pete Bevacqua said in a statement. "We must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and everyone at the PGA of America must lead by example."

Bishop, a head golf professional from Indiana, had one month remaining on his two-year term as president.

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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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Derek Sprague, expected to be voted in as the next president at the Nov. 22 annual meeting, was appointed the interim president. Paul Levy will handle the roles as vice president and secretary until the election.

Golfweek magazine reported earlier this week that Suzy Whaley, a teaching pro in Connecticut, was getting a lot of support to be elected secretary. That would put her in line to be president in four years. Whaley did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

"The members and apprentices of the PGA of America must uphold the highest standards and values of the profession, as well as the manner in which we conduct ourselves at all times," Sprague said. "We apologize to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident."

Bishop has been one of the most outspoken presidents of the PGA of America, which has 27,000 members and runs the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup when it is held in America. But his social media venting, and what the PGA described as "insensitive gender-based" comments, got him in trouble.

Poulter was traveling to China and was not aware of Bishop's comments until he landed and found his phone filled with messages.

"Is being called a 'lil girl' meant to be derogatory or a put down?" Poulter said in a statement. "That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America."

Bishop's boldest move as president was to pick Watson as the U.S. captain, saying he was tired of the Americans losing. But the move backfired when Watson's heavy-handed style didn't mesh with a younger generation. Watson, 65, was the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history.

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

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