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Friday
Oct312014

State Of The Game Podcast 48: Catching Up

It's been a busy few weeks in golf since the Ryder Cup and in the interest of kindness to our quality guest in Dan Washburn who talked about the wild and wacky world of China golf, we have followed up with an episode touching on a big of everything: Ted Bishop, the Ryder Cup, Tom Watson, Royal Melbourne, The Asia Pacific Amateur, Billy Payne, today's amazing athletes who use their fitness to hit the ball longer than their peers did and a few other topics.

MP3 listeners/downloaders can go here, iTunes listeners here and you can always listen below:

Friday
Oct312014

Video: Lee Westwood's Hybrid Ace At The CIMB

I'm pleased to say I watched this one live...that's right, I had the CIMB Classic on...

On the 11th hole, and a proper reaction from Westwood:

Friday
Oct312014

PGA President Letter To Members Insists Ted Had To Go

Incoming PGA of America President Derek Sprague has written to a membership that may be questioning the punishment given to outgoing President Ted Bishop. It took seven paragraphs to get to the point of the letter...

Some of you have asked if the decision to prevent Ted's ongoing Board service is too severe. The Honorary President and Past President roles carry governing authority and voting power in our Association. Given Ted's unfortunate lack of judgment on a matter as important as diversity and inclusion, the Board felt strongly that he should not have voting powers that could shape the future of the PGA of America.

Troubling is the suggestion that his judgement was poor and can't be trusted going forward, yet the PGA of America will move forward with multiple initiatives started under Ted's tenure. You can question the merits of some (partnerships with Donald Trump, Ryder Cup task force Task Force), but will the PGA now reconsider venues selected during Bishop's tenure, grow-the-game initiatives started, the Drive, Chip and Putt partnership and its new buddy the PGA Tour?  Of course not.

The full letter:

Thursday
Oct302014

Video: Hole Two Putts At Once

T.J. Auclair was searching for some fun putt videos and got this from Australian Matt Field who practices putting with two balls to ensure a square face at impact.

And sometimes Field makes perfect contact.

"Brookwater has a heavily sloped practice green so I thought 'why not?' The putt was about six feet, but I hit it about 20 feet past, up the hill and back in the hole. It took me about 10 attempts."
And when the two balls finally dropped into the cup?

"The people on the club balcony thought I was a bit weird when I high-fived myself!" Field said.

The video:

Thursday
Oct302014

Gary Player: Give Me 1 Hour Tiger, I'll Give You The Majors!

Hat tip to Will Gray for spotting and transcribing key lines from Gary Player’s interview with Yahoo’s Graham Bensinger.

The all-time great talks about Tiger's instructors having not been the problem in recent years (Hank Haney and those other guys) and how Player could bottle up about 40-50 years of experience and get Tiger over the top as the greatest player ever (based on majors...which Player thinks he would have by now if not for too many swing changes).

The standout quote though:

"I would love to sit down with him for one hour and give him a piece of my knowledge," Player said. "Then I think he could win majors."

Thursday
Oct302014

Couples In Air Quotes: "Task Force" Not Needed

Zach Buchanan reports from Desert Mountain and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Fred Couples' thoughts about the plight of Team USA Ryder Cup golf and the PGA of America's task force Task Force "Task Force".

You'll be shocked...shocked!...to learn that he thinks the analysis is getting carried away.

"I don't think anyone should panic. I don't think we need a 'task force,'" Couples said, employing air quotes. "I don't think we need the PGA of America straining about this. What I really think they need is to get players that have been on a lot of these teams to get a feel for what kind of captain they need."

Buchanan also quotes former captains Lehman and Montogomerie talking about the state of the Ryder Cups.

Thursday
Oct302014

Book Excerpt: How The Pro V1 Revolutionized Golf

I think I just checked off Chairman Payne on my Christmas shopping list!

Even though the Augusta National chairman suggests improved conditioning is the best explanation for today's pros hitting it longer on average than they did a little over a decade or so ago, Mark McClusky's new book excerpt posted at GolfDigest.com suggests otherwise. He looks at the Titleist ProV1's impact on golf and namely, the six yard increase in 2001 driving distance.

From Faster, Higher, Strong: How Sports Science Is Creating A New Generation of Super-Athletes And What We Can Learn From Them, you forget how quickly players made the switch:

The first week the new Pro V1 model ball was available for tournament play, in October 2000, forty-seven players switched from their previous ball. That sort of wholesale equipment change was unprecedented in the history of golf. How fast was the transition across the sport? At the 2000 Masters, fifty-nine of the ninety- five players used a wound golf ball. One year later, only four players used one. By the end of 2001, not a single tournament champion on any of the world’s major professional tours had won using a wound ball; the rout was so comprehensive that Titleist stopped making them at all.
Wednesday
Oct292014

Video: HSBC's "It's Anyone's Game"

Generally I don't feel the need to highlight commercials unless an agency inexplicably cuts one painful, grating and dated looking spot and then runs it so that every golf fan on the planet has seen it 400 times and has heard the haunting lyrics in their worst nightmares.

But on the positive side, HSBC has rolled out a new ad suggesting golf is anyone's game and the world's game. Let's suspend your views on whether this is true or not and just admire the craftsmanship of the spot. The ad:

Wednesday
Oct292014

"My members didn't even know there was a PGA president until Ted Bishop came along because the others always toed the company line."

Newsday's Mark Herrmann took the temperature of Long Island golf pros and they echoed the views of the PGA of America members I've heard from: PGA of America outgoing president's Ted Bishop's "removal" was not only excessive, but cause to question the organization's leadership.

Herrmann writes:

Said Bobby Heins of Old Oaks in Westchester and one of the section's most experienced head pros: "This seemed like everybody got in a room and there was no outside voice saying, 'Slow down.' My members didn't even know there was a PGA president until Ted Bishop came along because the others always toed the company line."

Over at GolfDigest.com's The Loop, I noted the peculiar double standard in Bishop's ouster considering that Ian Poulter referred to a "girlie shaft" in a March Tweet, among is many Twitter mishaps. The inconsistency of responses could have something to do with Bishop's position as a volunteer leader of the PGA (4,371 Twitter followers) vs. Poulter, a mere professional golfer that children and Ferrari addicts around the globe look up to (1.77 million Twitter followers).  Some might conclude from this that Bishop's removal was anything but a victory for rooting out sexism in golf and a mere power play that is hard to view as a "watershed" moment for women's rights.

Golf Digest's Stina Sternberg had the weekend to contemplate the Bishop ouster and the former Golf For Women editor put the Bishop crime into perspective as far as real issues for women in golf:

I'm offended that I can't play in most of my own club's tournaments because the women's events take place on Thursdays while the men's events are played on the weekends, as if women don't work just as hard as men do during the week. I'm outraged that the women's locker rooms at most clubs are a fraction of the size of the men's locker rooms and rarely come close to having the same amenities. I resent that my girlfriends and I are never allowed to play through a group of slower-playing men, or tee off before a group of guys, simply because of our gender.

Meanwhile Suzy Whaley, a candidate for PGA secretary on this year's ballot who might have been sensing the internal backlash toward the PGA of America board's vote, is backing off of her initial suggestion that Bishop's comments on Twitter and Facebook "were definitely sexist.”

Jim McCabe reports:

Three days later, Whaley was not backing down from her support of the board’s decision to impeach Bishop. But given the roller-coaster weekend, she wanted to make it clear that she respected so much about Bishop. “I worked with him for three years; he has two daughters; he has a great family; he’s worked hard to make golf ‘inclusive,’ “ Whaley said Monday. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Ted is not sexist.”

“I think (women in the PGA) are trying to balance and understand,” she said. “They know Ted as a PGA member and what he has done, how he’s brought initiatives to make golf inclusive. They know him as a person, and they know he’s not sexist.”

But he must be vanquished from the PGA planet for supposedly sexist comments? It's a wild and wacky world we live in.

Meanwhile Bishop wrote a long apology letter to the PGA section leaders and also to remind them of the last two years in progress for the organization. GolfChannel.com obtained the letter where after many apologies, Bishop issued a warning to his fellow members:

On Friday when I asked the PGA officers why I was being removed I was told it was because of three factors. There was a negative media reaction, potential sponsorship ramifications and many negative remarks from PGA members.

When the PGA sent out message points on Monday regarding my impeachment, it said I was removed because my comments made on social media violated the PGA of America Code of Ethics. This is powerful and for someone who served six years on the PGA Board of Control it clearly sets an eye-opening precedent. I want to emphasize to all of you the severe importance in the use of your social media platforms. Do not be cavalier with your words and succumb to a Code of Ethics violation.

Wednesday
Oct292014

"Malaysia Goes Deep in FedEx Cup List to Fill Field"

CIMB Classic week has arrived and while I know all of you had it circled on your calendar, but AP's Doug Ferguson previewed it a week ago by celebrating the 78-man field's...field.

On going into spot No. 125 to round out the field:

Exactly why the tournament had to go so deep into the FedEx Cup is not entirely clear, although there are a few theories, starting with the schedule. A year ago, the Asian swing was the third event on the schedule after two tournaments on the West Coast. Now the McGladrey Classic is the third event, preceding Malaysia.

There also is another tournament from which players can choose. The Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi, which previously was held opposite the British Open, now is the same week as the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. That option wasn't available last year.

It's worth nothing that CIMB used to offer players two business-class tickets on Air Malaysia — typically one for the player, one for his caddie — and that perk has been reduced to one ticket this year.

Love these first world problems!

Wednesday
Oct292014

GolfClubAtlas.com's Profile Of LACC North

Put me down as severely biased but Golf Club Atlas's Ran Morrissett has posted the kind of in-depth architectural profile of Los Angeles Country Club's North Course that only can happen online these days.

It's definitely worth a look for Morrissett's always insightful take as well as an opportunity to look inside a rarely seen course. He sets up his analysis with this GCA post.

The North Course hosts the 2017 Walker Cup and is likely to host the 2023 U.S. Open after members voted overwhelmingly in favor.

Tuesday
Oct282014

Chairman Payne: They're Just Better Athletes

Sounds like someone has been spending too much time around Chief Inspector Dawson!

In an interview to Brett Ogle while Down Under for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Augusta National Chairman suggested that we've had it all wrong in thinking equipment has driven spikes in distance that has forced the home of the Masters to add 500 yards, mow fairways grown longer than they'd like toward tees to create ball-roll slowing grain, buy neighboring property for new tees, and plant absurd looking pine trees at the course where Bobby Jones made it evident trees were not to be used as a hazard.

Nope, apparently it's all in the genes and workout programs of today's golfers, who unlike schlubby types from the past like Jack Nicklaus or Gary Player, are much stronger today.

Thanks to the Aussie Golfer for transcribing a Fox Sports interview:

“You know the kids keep getting longer. I really think for a four or five-year period we blamed it on the equipment,” Payne said. “I really think it’s the conditioning of these young kids.”

“You know they come to the game now much more athletic than they were in the past.”

Apparently the Chairman hasn't seen PGA Tour rookie of 2014 Chesson Hadley and his skin and bones averaging 291.8 off the tee! Or...oh why bother. It doesn't matter.

What matters is that Augusta National has to resort to measures it should not have to all to allow manufacturers to claim they are selling you something longer and straighter than ever. Is it really working for anyone at this point?

Tuesday
Oct282014

Window Into PGA Of America's Thinking: "Teachable Moment"

Given that no major women's organizations ever denounced the "lil girl" Tweet and even more lame Facebook posting of Ted Bishop, or saw fit to praise the PGA of America for removing the organization's volunteer president with one month to go in a lameduck presidency, the below "Governance Statement" making the email rounds could be seen as a brilliant piece of foresight by the author and sent to all of the PGA of America's board of directors and officers.

Or, a case could be made that the PGA of America jumped the gun in a ploy to make the organization relevant and seemingly progressive, when the organization seems even less so to very many after besmirching a reputation by handing out the death penalty for shoplifting.

I'll let you decide.

GOVERNANCE STATEMENT ON REMOVAL OF PGA PRESIDENT TED BISHOP

On October 24th, 2014, the PGA of America Board of Directors followed Constitutional requirements for an emergency situation that it was faced with due to the gender-based insensitive comments and policy breach published by former President Ted Bishop on social media on October 23rd. The Board acted quickly and decisively because these intensely public comments were directly opposed to our mission to grow the game through inclusion, diversity and accessibility. Based on this situation, the Board moved swiftly to mitigate the damage caused to the reputation of the Association.

In this case, there was ongoing communication among Board members and PGA executive staff throughout the day on October 24th. The PGA’s stated mission for diversity and inclusion for all individuals is a paramount principle of the Association, and any statements made by the PGA President are deemed to reflect the will of the Association and all of its members

Ultimately, Mr. Bishop was offered the opportunity to resign his position, but he declined. During a conference call held shortly thereafter, in which Mr. Bishop participated, the Board unanimously voted to remove Mr. Bishop from office. Shortly thereafter, the PGA informed all of its national and Section leadership, membership and media of this decision, through a formal release.

Due to Mr. Bishop’s removal from office, the PGA Bylaws prohibit him from

serving on the Board of Directors in the role of Honorary President, nor will he be granted the rights and privileges of a PGA Past President. Mr. Bishop will always be recognized as the 38th President of the PGA of America, and his record of service during this time period will remain intact.

Mr. Bishop also retains his status as a member of the PGA of America, therefore enabling him to enjoy the same rights and privileges of all PGA members, including the ability to attend events put on by the PGA.

It is important to note that the Board of Directors took a clear and decisive action. It was the right thing to do, and it demonstrates the critical leadership role that the PGA must play in the game at all levels.

The role of the office of President of the PGA of America is to represent the membership and further the mission of the organization.  The statements made by Ted Bishop were not a sentiment that represented the viewpoint of the Association and it was in direct conflict with our very mission of growing the game across all communities.

In fact, those remarks made on social media completely contradict the strong actions our organization has recently taken to create more opportunities for girls and women in the game. We have made significant strides in many ways to be more welcoming, inclusive and diverse including the creation of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship scheduled for next summer, the rapid growth of PGA Junior League Golf, and the early success of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

Just last week, the PGA hosted the 3rd annual Sports Diversity & Inclusion Summit, with eight other major sports organizations in attendance. To have led such an important gathering and, within 24 hours, not have acted the way we did through the removal of our President, would have made the PGA look hypocritical and completely out of touch.

On a Friday in the fall when people are going to high school football games, carnivals, Octoberfests and college weekends, here's guessing most of the world's population was not going to couple the Diversity & Inclusion Summit with a Ted Bishop Tweet. I know, big limb there.

We likely would be facing intense scrutiny far beyond the world of golf had we not moved at a rapid pace.

Well, that is correct in the sense no one increased scrutiny of your financial statements of board make up or membership make-up. I'll even predict that the PGA of America and PGA Tour will continue to be confused my most major media outlets outside of the sport. Another limb!

Instead, our swift action has been roundly applauded by the LPGA and KPMG, our partners in the upcoming KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.  In their public statement, the LPGA noted, “The PGA of America's quick and decisive action sent a strong message - reinforcing a consistent belief that with so many positive gains being made among golf's leading organizations, there is simply no room nor willingness, to take a step backwards.”

In addition, Christine Brennan, a highly regarded sports columnist for USA Today, tweeted the following: “A top male sports official is ousted over sexist remarks. First time I've ever written that sentence.”

She also told Golf Channel: “I would now say that golf is now a leader in the fight for women and sports.  And we couldn’t have said that 48 hours ago.  That’s how big of a watershed moment this is.”

Watershed moment? "I have to go now, Duane, because I, I'm due back on the planet Earth."

These highly influential external forces, both in our game and outside it, see the PGA doing the right thing. Being a forceful leader in an area where our game has had a very checkered past.

It is important that I remind you that members of both the national board and section boards are entrusted with the unique position of responsibility to represent their constituencies with every statement they make.

So, Board members, officers and senior staff of all levels of the PGA must exercise prudent judgment when making any public statement because those statements, whether we like it or not, are directly attributed to the organization and to the membership of the PGA as a whole. That responsibility is taken very seriously.

Simply put, there is a heightened sensitivity and responsibility to statements made by the members of leadership groups because of the far-reaching ramifications of the statements. That is abundantly clear from the events of October 23rd and 24th.

The events of October 23rd and 24th? You mean the things that happened in the world that actually mattered and actually changed lives, like a school shooting and Ebola news? Those events?

We have all heard of the term “teachable moment,” and this certainly qualifies as such. But it’s not just a teachable moment for PGA leadership – it is for everyone associated with the PGA of America. The words we say and write, especially with the enormous power of social media, can shape opinions and, in some cases, can define careers. And often in very negative ways.  As we learned in this instance, it can cost you your position.

Does anyone really think this was a teachable moment, other than to teach the PGA's volunteer officers to stay off of social media?

As leaders of the game, whether from a national stage or as you drive the game at your facility, PGA Professionals must remember that you are held to the highest levels of professionalism and integrity, and you must always act to uphold those levels.

A separate PR document sent to the various directors, officers and "others" was labeled "Ted Bishop Removed Pushbuttons."

Pushbuttons!

That folks, is your new piece of jargon for today! And who says this site is not educational?

Some of the key "pushbuttons":

Q.    Why did the Board of Directors take this action?

A.    The board felt that the comments made through social media violated the PGA of America Code of Ethics Bylaws.

Any PGA members out there the by-law "Code of Ethics" that address Bishop's Tweet? Please post.

Q.    What gives the Board of Directors the authority to take such an action?

A.    The Constitution of the PGA of America is very clear with regard to the Board of Director’s authority to take action due to an emergency situation in the best interest of the Association.

Emergency? Were lives in danger?

Q:    How is Ted Bishop’s comment different than other similar comments about women that often go unnoticed and unpunished?

A.    Context and responsibility of the role is critical to consider. We cannot comment on the statements that any other organization or individual makes. The role of the office of President of the PGA of America is to represent the membership and further the mission of the organization. The statements made by Ted Bishop were not a sentiment that represented the viewpoint of the Association and it was in direct conflict with the very mission of the PGA of America of growing the game across all communities.      

I feel so much better now that the game will grow. Though it would have been fun to blame Ted Bishop for golf's continued lack of diversity and gender imbalance for the next 20 years.

Q:     Was this the last straw? Is this one of many moves Ted made that angered the Board?

A:    Ted always been an outspoken President, that has not changed.  The Board’s decision was based solely on the insensitive gender based comments Ted made on social media last week.

Well at least we got that part of this cleared up. No double secret probation for Ted. That in itself is shocking.

Tuesday
Oct282014

Ex-Captain Gallacher: America In A Ryder Cup “Panic”

Derek Lawrenson talks to former European Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher about the 65-year-olds' health (he’s recovered from a massive heart attack) and about the post-Ryder Cup fall-out.

Gallagher sees an American side not as far off from competing for the cup as it thinks but one that needs to drop the task forces and just bring in golf’s Zenmaster in 2016.

‘It will swing back America’s way if they don’t panic but that’s exactly what they seem to be doing,’ he said. ‘The task force just looks a publicity stunt to me. They lost the Ryder Cup because they lost the foursomes matches 7-1. How’s a task force going to help on that?’

Tuesday
Oct282014

GCSAA: Dan Jenkins To Receive The Old Tom Morris Award

Naturally, the Ancient Twitterer had a witty line ready to go for the press release acceptance:

"I'm honored to win this award, especially named for a guy who I'm almost as old as," Jenkins quipped in reference to Old Tom Morris. "It's terrific. I didn't know a lot about grass, but I knew a lot of superintendents all around town. The profession has made a lot of progress. Courses nowadays are so consistently wonderful with all the things they can do with them."

Tuesday
Oct282014

Video: Bishop Says PGA Legacy Now "Flushed down the toilet"

GolfChannel.com's Will Gray sums up the timeline presented by Ted Bishop regarding his downfall from the PGA of America and it matches up with the events as presented in Jaime Diaz's Golf World story yesterday.

The most dramatic moments came in the final few minutes of the interview with Gary Williams, where Bishop bluntly sums up what his comments mean for his legacy (text version here) and friendships. (Video of parts one and two of the interview below.)

"The remorse I feel is because it potentially wipes out a lot of really good work that I've done over my career with women," he said. "It's painful because it's taken a lot of things that I've done and put them down the drain."

Bishop explained that he was given three reasons for his removal by PGA vice president Derek Sprague, now the organization's interim president: negative media feedback, potential damage to relationships with sponsors and an "outpouring" of negative responses from PGA members following Bishop's comments.

That's the first time I've seen a suggestion that the PGA's corporate partner relationships might be damaged. Many of you have sent me debatable sexist hypocrisy by PGA partners and I've resisted posting them since sponsors and partners have not been cited previously. Let's see if that defense is wheeled out before we start going down that road!

Back to Bishop.

"I could have done some PSAs for the PGA that would have helped educate people on the correct usage of social media and been an outspoken advocate for women's rights in the game," he said.

Golf needs as many new PSA’s as it needs task forces Task Forces.

More sad knowing how well they got along is the assertion of Bishop that he'll probably never speak with incoming PGA President Derek Sprague or CEO Pete Bevacqua as a result of the PGA Board of Directors' actions.

Instead, he was removed by the board of directors - impeached, according to Bishop - and stripped of the privileges typically bestowed upon past presidents when they leave office. After speaking on a daily basis during his tenure with Sprague and PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua, Bishop believes those relationships are also casualties of the situation.

"I'll probably never talk to those guys again the rest of my life," he said. "I'll probably never see them again the rest of my life."

And his closing comments made and showing obvious emotion...

"When I wake up at 2:30-3 a.m. and I can't sleep, it's because I look at the things I feel like I've done in my career, for my girls, for women from Day 1, and I think these things, they're flushed down the toilet," he said. "And that's going to be my legacy. That's it. That's the situation I created for myself."

The part one video:

Part two:

Monday
Oct272014

State Of The Game Podcast 47: Dan Washburn & China

After an exclusive three week tour of Europe, Scandinavia and the sub continent, State of the Game is back!

We're going to try and record a news-driven episode later in the week but with big men's events heading to China the next few weeks and his stellar new book to talk about, we welcomed Dan Washburn. Dan is a recovering journalist now working for the Asia Society out of Brooklyn. However his embedded account of life in China focusing on three men whose lives are tied to the golf industry is not only a fascinating look into the strange golf explosion, but a breezy, enlightening way to learn about life in China.

I recently got to hear Dan speak at USC when he was in town promoting the book and was thrilled to get him on State of the Game. You can check out Dan's book and website here, and buy it here at Amazon,

As for the show, you can listen to the MP3 here, listen here, subscribe to the show via iTunes here and listen to episode 47 here on iTunes.

Monday
Oct272014

Video: Juggling Finnish Juniors And Their Amazing Wedge Work

Hat tip to GolfChannel.com's Jason Crook for not waiting until #TrickShotThursday to share this video of the Jaakko Lahtela and Perre Papaunen strutting their stuff to R.L. Burnside's edgy "It's Bad You Know."

The first minute or so these Finnish dudes show off some nice moves that a master juggler like Tiger might admire, but like any great showmen, it's minute two where they show their act is ready for primetime.

Monday
Oct272014

Rio Judge: 5 Days To Decide To Move 3 Olympic Course Holes

The farce that is Rio de Janeiro, where the 2016 Olympic Golf Course was fully permitted until someone decided it wasn't, continues as Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner has ruled that the city and developer have five days upon publication of his decision to decide if they plan to relocate three holes or else face a project shutdown.

AP's Tales Azzoni reports on the judge's unpublished decision that would require the moving of holes 12, 14 and 15 for a nature corridor.

The judge wants to know if they agree to "immediately" move three holes and redesign part of the course to make way for a wildlife corridor that will help preserve a local nature reserve, a demand made by local prosecutors.

The public prosecutor's office is taking on the city government and the golf course developer in a lawsuit that contends environmental rules were breached in building the course, which had been billed as one of the highlights of the Rio Games.

In the decision announced Monday, judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner denied a request to give more time for the two sides to negotiate and said the city and the developer have five days to confirm whether or not they'll re-design the disputed sections of the course.

Monday
Oct272014

Another Bishop Roundup: Diaz Details Timeline, NY Times Finally Chimes In, Silence Of Women's Organizations Questioned

Golf World's Jaime Diaz does a super job in tracking down the various parties involved in Ted Bishop's removal as PGA President, including Bishop.

Most interesting was the revelation that incoming PGA President Derek Sprague gave Bishop the chance "to save your career, save your reputation" by resigning before forcible removal. However, the outcome of either resignation or removal would have been the same: Bishop would be on permanent persona non grata status at the PGA of America. So it was a bit like getting the choice between the electric chair or lethal injection. Bishop chose to make his case before the Board of Directors, who Diaz says voted unanimously to oust the president with 29 days remaining in his term.

From Diaz's Golf World story:

Rather than resign, he decided to make a statement to the 21-person board in a 4 p.m. teleconference. "I apologized to the board, reiterated that I had very much wanted to make a public apology. And I said I don't think the punishment fits the crime. And that doesn't mean I don't have remorse for what I did. Trust me, I abused my platform. I know I made a huge mistake. I'm the first to say that. I let my personal feelings for two guys get in my way, and used a bad choice of words in trying to convey my frustration."

The statement was over in five minutes. Bishop says he received no feedback or comments, recused himself from further proceedings and hung up. About an hour later, after sources say the vote came in with no votes in favor of Bishop retaining office, Sprague called Bishop, urging him to resign. "If I do that, I make it easy for the PGA of America," Bishop said he answered.

In a New York Times story headlined "Playing Like a Girl? It’s About Time" and featuring the subheader "Ted Bishop's Comments Demonstrate Golf's Persistent Sexism," golf writer Karen Crouse says the golf establishment's slow reaction to Bishop's comments proved "telling." This was the Times' first original story on the matter even though Bishop's fatal missives went out last Thursday.

It took the paper of record four days to write about this episode, well after some of the slowpokes chimed in. So what does that make the New York Times then?

Crouse opines:

When Bishop chose to disparage one man, the English golfer Ian Poulter, on Twitter by calling him a “little girl,” he effectively demeaned all women, including his own two daughters and granddaughter.

Bishop's daughters spoke to Golf World's Tim Rosaforte Saturday and stood by their father.

Over at ESPN.com their golf correspondents chimed in, with Michael Collins points out the baffling silence from major women's organizations in either denouncing Bishop or in issuing endorsements of the decision by the PGA Board of Directors. He also notes how few golfers were willing to go on the record denouncing Bishop.

Bishop is appearing live on Morning Drive Tuesday. For Immediate Release:

FORMER PGA OF AMERICA PRESIDENT TED BISHOP LIVE ON MORNING DRIVE TUESDAY IN FIRST

TELEVISION INTERVIEW SINCE REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

 ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 27, 2014 –Ted Bishop will join Morning Drive (7-9 a.m. ET) live and in-studio on Tuesday morning for his first television interview since being removed as president of the PGA of America.  The PGA of America board of directors on Friday voted to remove Bishop from office for insensitive gender-based statements he posted Thursday on social media. 

Morning Drive co-host Gary Williams will conduct the interview with Bishop, who is scheduled to appear on the show during the 8 a.m. ET hour.