Ted Bishop

Bishop denies baiting Dawson but calls Royal Portrush "open game" for US PGA staging

Ted Bishop and Rory McIlroy at Kiawah Island in 2012Ted Bishop prepares to present Rory McIlroy with the Wanamaker Trophy at Kiawah Island in August 2012. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie

Ted Bishop threw more fuel on the fire of his controversy with R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson when he described Royal Portrush as “open game” if the US PGA Championship ever goes international.

Royal Portrush flattered and flabbergasted by US PGA talk

Rory McIlroy during the first round of the 2012 Irish Open at Royal Portrush. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.ieGiven their interest in hosting The Open again and the suggestion by PGA of America President Ted Bishop that it might be a great place to start hosting the PGA Championship on foreign soil, Royal Portrush might be forgiven for getting head start on the azaleas, magnolias and white dogwoods.