If you were to phone Ted Bishop now and ask him if he shouldn’t have said what he did last week, I have no doubt that he would say yes.
Social media has allowed people to say what’s on their minds at the time and I’ve never been a fan of it. Personally, I don’t know why people spend so much time on it.
I’m sure most of us can look back on our careers 15 or 20 years, if we’ve been in the business that long, and realize that we’ve probably said something to somebody at some point that wasn’t appreciated, but we all moved on. As this incident illustrates, that isn’t the case anymore.
I watch social media. I see what’s going on and I follow the people I want to follow, but often what you get is people who aren’t in the media trying to be media.
I’m trying to get better at social media so I can support my club and support my career, but I don’t have 100 per cent confidence in it and the Ted Bishop incident shows why.
Ted Bishop was wrong, no doubt in my mind. Somebody in his position as president of the PGA of America should have known better, but the fallout from it all shouldn’t erase what he’s accomplished over a long career.
I couldn’t believe he was removed from office, even if I do think he was wrong. I think he owes people an apology, but I don’t think he should have lost his position over it.
Such comments are a boiling point for people today and I know if I was on the receiving end of such a statement, I would be furious, but he’s done a lot for golf and a lot for women’s golf, so do we really want to lose him?
I was so disappointed by what what he said, but if you don’t start to understand people and their mistakes and forgive some of that stuff, we’re going to start losing people.
Very often, you can do 99 things right and one thing wrong and it’s the one wrong thing that we focus on. What’s he’s done that’s right for the game far outweighs what he’s done that’s bad.
His record should be allowed to speak for itself.