In No Limits, Poulter, who had been a long-time friend of Faldo, said the Europe team “lost respect” for the six-time major champion when, during the match at Gleneagles, he referred to Sergio Garcia as being “useless during the 2008 Ryder Cup”.
“Used to be athletes who had lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticised the icons,” Bishop wrote. “Tom Watson (8 majors and a 10-3-1 Ryder Cup record) and Nick Faldo (6 majors and all-time Ryder Cup points leader) get bashed by Ian James Poulter. Really? Sounds like a little schoolgirl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!”
As Bishop’s name-calling began to draw airtime in the US, he quickly deleted both posts with Julius Mason, the slick PR man for the PGA of America releasing a statement saying: “Ted realised that his post was inappropriate and promptly removed it.”
But not before Poulter had been alerted.
“Is being called a “lil girl” meant to be derogatory or a put down?” Poulter told Golf Channel.
“That’s pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment.”
Poulter was right to be surprised. The PGA of America, which oversees 27,000 professionals, as well as jointly-controlling the Ryder Cup with the European Tour, is one of the most powerful organisations in the game an the president is the overlord.
And Bishop did not condemn Phil Mickelson for his withering analysis of Watson’s leadership immediately after the US had lost sixth match in seven attempts. Faldo later apologised for referring to Garcia as “useless” and has even mocked his own captaincy, which led to Europe’s only defeat this century”.