Tour changes pro-am rule after Furyk flap

NORTON, Mass. -- Jim Furyk has 15 wins and nearly $50 million in career prize money on the PGA Tour.Now he has a rule made in his honor.A week after Furyk was disqualified for showing up late to his pro-am tee time at the Barclays, the Tour abandoned its rule that automatically DQ'd players for pro-am tardiness, effective immediately.According to a statement released by the Tour on Tuesday: "Hereafter, should a player be late for his pro-am starting time, the situation will be handled as a matter of unbecoming conduct. Such player will be required to participate in the remainder of the pro-am round and may be required to perform additional sponsor activity. A player who misses his pro-am obligation in its entirety will still be ruled ineligible for the tournament unless he has been excused in accordance with the provisions of the regulations."Furyk, who has won twice in 2010 and was third in FedEx Cup points entering the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club, said he missed his pro-am time because the alarm on his cell phone didn't go off. He was pleased to hear of PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem's announcement."I am glad the PGA Tour has changed the rule surrounding my disqualification from last week's Barclay's Championship," Furyk said in a prepared statement. "Pro-Ams are an integral part of our success out here on the PGA Tour, but I'm extremely pleased that Commissioner Finchem and the Tour staff has reacted swiftly and modified the rule."Furyk will start this week's Deutsche Bank Championship in eighth place in the FedEx Cup standings.The most memorable application of the Tour's now defunct pro-am rule was at the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Unaware of his correct pro-am tee time, John Daly showed up late to the course and was disqualified. Ryuji Imada and Nick O'Hern, who were alternates for the pro-am but not on site to take Daly's place, were also booted from the tournament.

More From the Web
by Kevin Cunningham