Ted Bishop impeached

Ted Bishop was impeached on Friday as president of the PGA of America after he sent a tweet and Facebook post the day prior directed at Ian Poulter.

The move means that Bishop, who had only one month left in his two-year term, will not be invited to future PGA Championships and Ryder Cups, or any other courtesies extended to past presidents.

Most media commentators have expressed shock regarding the severity of the punishment.

“Bishop was clearly wrong for taking on Poulter as he did and using a sexist term,” wrote Bob Harig on ESPN.com. “But removal from office with a month to go along with erasing his name from the association's records, while not affording him the status given past presidents? That seems more than harsh, almost cruel, as if the organization is now determined to make Bishop pay for other misdeeds.”

On Thursday, Bishop referred to Poulter as a little girl for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains in his newly released book, "No Limits."

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

In a Facebook post, he commented that Watson and Faldo were getting "bashed" by Poulter.

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

The PGA of America board did not waste time in responding to the controversy, removing him the next day.

Bishop later apologized to Poulter and "anyone else I might have offended" in a statement.

By most accounts, Bishop was outspoken and likely rubbed some in the PGA the wrong way. He was a supporter of the recreational game, going up against the USGA and R&A's move to ban the anchored putting stroke; he supported grow-the-game projects and women's golf initiatives. In fact, the PGA of America will partner with the LPGA for the first time next year to stage a women's major championship.

Golf Inc. magazine ranked him as the 22nd most powerful person in golf last month, only the second time a PGA president has received such an honor. It was based on his outspokenness and call for change. 

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