Category Archives: PGA of America

Jul
31
2016

Even on Monday ahead of the PGA Championship, the vibe at Baltusrol GC was a bit strange,
with scorching heat and grounds were rather quiet for the first day of a major championship week. It turned out to be the hottest day of the week–with temperatures reaching at least 96 degrees at 4pm (but it “felt like” 119 degrees), but it’s not like Tuesday and Wednesday’s heat index provided much relief from the sweltering sun and suffocating humidity.

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Sep
29
2015

Well, we’ve always known Tom Watson was a man with strong principles (not to mention stubborn) — he sticks to his guns and he’s unwavering in his convictions. He’s also apparently very loyal.

Watson declined an offer to join the PGA of America’s Hall of Fame, according to a Golf World report.

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Jul
7
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

Peter Bevacqua, Donald Trump, Derek Sprague

The fallout from Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants continued Tuesday, with the PGA of America announcing that the Grand Slam of Golf, an exhibition which pits the year’s four major winners against each other in October, will *not* be held at Trump National in Los Angeles. 

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May
11
2015

KPMG Women's PGA Champ Media Day

Next month’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was officially introduced on Monday at Westchester Country Club, the site of the inaugural event. Well, sort of. As organizers and executives from all parties, KPMG, the LPGA, and PGA of America, pointed out, this tournament is not replacing the former 60-year-old LPGA Championship in the major line-up, but instead, the new partnership is elevating it. 

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Nov
22
2014
Whaley

Whaley a winner

It’s about time. Following the PGA of America’s 98th Annual Meeting, Connecticut golf instructor Suzy Whaley was elected as secretary, becoming the first female officer in the organization’s history.

Whaley’s victory was not only historic, but it was also decisive, according to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard

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Oct
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

Ted Bishop joined Golf Channel’s Gary Williams on Morning Drive on Tuesday in his first television interview since making his insensitive gender-based remarks last week on two of his social media outlets, and thus, resulting in his swift removal as president of the PGA of America.

In his Twitter and Facebook posts, Bishop was attempting to defend Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Nick Faldo in response to excerpts from Ian Poulter’s new book, “No Limits,” where the outspoken Englishmen (God forbid!) criticized two of the legends in the game. The former PGA president listed Watson and Faldo’s major wins, along with their Ryder Cup records, and then he called Poulter a “Lil Girl” on Twitter and expanded on those thoughts on Facebook, writing, “Sounds like a little girl squealing during recess.”

In the interview with Golf Channel, Bishop explained the background behind his postings and expressed regret over the ensuing consequences. 

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Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

 

PGA of America president Ted Bishop has been removed from office. Bishop was given the option to announce his resignation and chose to accept that route, according to GolfChannel.com’s sources. He was scheduled to step down from office on November 22, with vice president Derek Sprague to take his place as the incoming president.

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Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

PGA of America president Ted Bishop isn’t one to mince words, but he took it too far on Thursday when he launched an attack at Ian Poulter via two of his social media channels. Bishop called Poulter a “Lil Girl” in response to his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.

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Nov
8
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship
YES!

Oh, YES! …or NO…?!

In a joint press conference on Wednesday, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America President Ted Bishop announced that next year The Players Championship and the PGA Championship will share the luxury of having the richest purses in golf, with each tournament offering $10 million in prize money.

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Oct
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Announcements
Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup + PGA + NBC Sports

The PGA of America and NBC Sports revealed a massive deal on Thursday, with the most newsworthy component being the extension of Golf Channel/NBC receiving the TV rights of the Ryder Cup through 2030.

Naturally, PGA of America President Ted Bishop pointed out that they wanted to respect the PGA Tour and its big event, the Presidents Cup, so they waited until the following week to make their announcement (unlike the USGA during the PGA Championship in August when they unveiled the Fox deal). 

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