After being ousted last fall as President of the PGA of America, Ted Bishop will be making a comeback – sort of.
Bishop has reportedly been hired by CBS as a special contributor for the Masters, which begins next week. Bishop will join CBS’ Jim Nantz and three time green jacket winner Nick Faldo, who lead the network’s Masters coverage. The 79th Masters tournament runs April 9-12.
If official, the move would undoubtedly stir up controversy that the Masters and Augusta National typically shy away from. Bishop was fired over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter.
Bishop was irritated by remarks Poulter made in his book on the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson last year. He referred to Poulter as “Lil Girl” on Twitter when stacking up Poulter’s feats next to Faldo. In a Facebook post, he noted that Watson (with eight majors) and Faldo (with six majors and the Ryder Cup record for most points) 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 voted soon-after to remove him, meaning Bishop will not be invited to future PGA Championships and Ryder Cups, or any other courtesies extended to past presidents. He is the first PGA president to be ousted. Bishop had one month left on his two-year term.
PGA of America makes history by electing Suzy Whaley as first-ever female officer. Also sends a major message after Ted Bishop's ousting.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) November 22, 2014
No official statement by the PGA of America or CBS has been released at this time.
CBS has broadcasted the Masters every year since 1956.
April Fools 😉