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Bethpage Seen As Inspired Ryder Cup Venue; Bishop Addresses Timing Of Fox-USGA News
Published August 14, 2013
GENTLEMEN'S GAME? The USGA announced its new 12-year deal with Fox the night before the PGA Championship began last week, but PGA of America President Ted Bishop said there was nothing outside of the tournament "that disrupted what we felt like was an important week in major golf." Bishop, appearing on the Back9Network, said, "We survived something there in the middle of the week that had no impact on our championship whatsoever." With the USGA holding the U.S. Amateur Championship this week, Bishop refuted the reports about Bethpage, saying, "There's no way the PGA of America would make an announcement on where a future Ryder Cup and PGA Championship site would be. ... We wouldn't want to be a distraction to any of our ally associations." Bishop said he was "absolutely insulted" at the suggestion that his organization would leak the Bethpage news during the U.S. Amateur. Back9Network's Matt Adams asked, "Is there an unspoken rule among golf governing bodies that when they have an event going on that's so important that you kind of leave it alone?" Bishop replied, "Well, obviously there's not. There's not at least within the circle of one of golf's governing bodies. But I don't think anybody would have made that announcement during The Masters. I don't think that the USGA would have that announcement during the Open Championship and I can unequivocally tell you that the PGA of America would not make any kind of major announcement that would upstage any one of our major championship partners nor the PGA Tour" ("Fairways of Life," Back9Network, 8/13).