The U.S. Golf Association soon will convene in Pinehurst, N.C., for its annual meeting, and that means an opportunity for PGA of America president Ted Bishop (and the PGA Tour) to continue a quest to delay/abolish the 2016 ban on long and belly putters. Bishop certainly isn’t afraid to tell you where he stands on issues, and he doesn’t mince words when it comes to bifurcation.
“The minute you mention the word, people get nervous,” Bishop told The Man Out Front at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. “I believe the vast majority of the people that play this game today and will play in the future do not play by the Rules of Golf. We need to get over the fact that ‘bifurcation’ is a bad word and is not something that should be part of the golf vocabulary.”
In case there was any confusion on where Bishop stands, he added, “Bifurcation is like prostitution. It’s going on, but nobody wants to legalize it.”
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Jan. 31 issue of Golfweek magazine; click here to subscribe.