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Furyk ruled ‘ineligible’ for Barclays

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McClatchy Tribune
August 26, 2010

Many people will be watching the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs this weekend to see how Tiger Woods will do, especially in light of the divorce that was announced Monday.


Among those interested TV viewers will be Jim Furyk, the No. 3 player in the FedEx Cup rankings, who was tossed out of The Barclays tournament because he missed the pro-am on Wednesday.


“I overslept,” Furyk said when he did arrive at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. “I always use my phone as an alarm and it had no power this morning. I don’t know if something happened with the charger or what, but I never got it. I woke up at 7:23 and tore out of there, put a pair of pants on and shirt ... I actually got into the locker room at 7:35, but I guess I had to be on the tee.”


Furyk was ruled ineligible (the Tour pointed out that technically, he was not disqualified) for violating the rule that says a player cannot play in a tournament if he misses the pro-am. It was designed to protect the pro-ams, which are the lifeblood of pro tournaments because amateurs pay large sums to play 18 holes with pros. So he will not be on the tee when the tournament begins today.


“A commitment to play in the tournament is a commitment to play in the pro-am,” said Slugger White, vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA Tour. “It is unfortunate for Jim. It is unfortunate for the tournament. He is a fan favorite and everybody likes him. He is a really good guy, but my hands are tied.”


Furyk is not out of the four-week playoffs, but his chance of finishing first overall took a huge tumble. He could fall to as far as No. 19 on the FedEx Cup list this week. “I played my heart out all year,” he said. “I’m beside myself, but I have a way of climbing into stupid situations.”


He did add, though, “The rules are rules.”



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