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Local man leads PGA of America

A figurehead, he is not.

During the first year of his two-year term as PGA of America president, Franklin resident Ted Bishop made an imprint on the golf world in 2013.

And he wasted little time doing it.

Within a month of his term, Bishop — who also is director of golf and general manager of The Legends Golf Club in Franklin — made history when he successfully recruited Tom Watson to serve as captain of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

Watson’s selection bucked tradition in that he will be 65 when the Ryder Cup is played at Gleneagles in Scotland. The PGA typically picks captains in their mid- to late 40s.

Bishop, who made the announcement during a live broadcast on the “Today Show” in New York, advocated Watson for the role because of the respect

the eight-time major champion commands across the globe.

Watson is expected to inspire a U.S. team that has lost seven of the past nine Ryder Cups.

Besides the Watson announcement, Bishop played prominent officiating and hosting roles at all four majors; was an outspoken critic of the United States Golf Association’s ban on anchoring; and hired former USGA official Pete Bevacqua as PGA of America CEO.

Bishop began his term Nov. 12, 2012.

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