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Watson rejects Hall of Fame induction


Tom Watson has sensationally refused to be inducted into the PGA of American’s Hall of Fame because he disagrees with how the organisation handled the sacking of Ted Bishop.

For those who aren’t familiar with that particular situation, former PGA president Bishop was removed from office after responding to Ian Poulter’s criticism of 2008 Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo by calling him a “lil girl.”

Watson was respectful in his refusal of a Hall of Fame spot, saying in a statement to Golf World: "While I was very flattered by PGA of America president (Derek) Sprague's honouring me to be inducted into PGA Hall of Fame, I couldn't accept in good conscience because of how the PGA mishandled the firing of my friend and immediate past president of the PGA, Ted Bishop."

Watson, eight-time major champion, was Bishop’s choice to lead the United States in the 2014 Ryder Cup, which ended with the US being hammered 16.5 – 11.5 at Gleneagles.



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