Jim Furyk was disqualified from the Barclays tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., after he overslept and missed his 7:30 a.m. pro-am tee time Wednesday. The PGA Tour said the disqualification was normal under the circumstances.
“It’s a standard rule, but it’s not something that happens a lot,” a Tour official said.
Furyk said he set his alarm on his cell phone and that his phone lost power overnight. He arrived at the course at 7:35 a.m. with no chance of reaching his pro-am group for the 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.
"I'm kicking myself," Furyk told the Associated Press. "I have a way of climbing into situations that are all my fault."
Furyk, who rushed to the course so quickly that he showed up without his socks or belt, said it was the second time he had been late for a pro-am. The PGA Tour adopted its disqualification policy for missing pro-ams in 2004.
“A long, long time ago I got there a little late at Bay Hill," Furyk said. "The alternate filled in for me for two holes and then I just stepped in and played the rest of the way. In seventeen years, twice.”
PGA Tour Rules official Slugger White said that Tour officials were looking for Furyk Wednesday morning for a half-hour before his tee time.
"I was with his caddie Mike Cowan (Fluff), and he asked me if I had seen him and I said ‘No, we are looking for him,’" White said. "I asked [Cowan] if he had seen him and if he had tried to call him and he said, ‘I have tried to call him but the phone won’t ring. I tried and it wouldn’t ring through.' When things like that happen sometimes you think the worst. Thank goodness that wasn’t what it was."
White said that he kept looking for Furyk and trying to call him until he saw Furyk by the Ridgewood clubhouse.
"He said, 'Disqualified?' and I said, ‘Yes, I’m sorry,'" White said. "He said he woke up at 7:23 and he got here in 12 minutes. His starting tee was No. 11 and that was about 7:36 a.m. or so when I talked to him we had already sent the alternate out. It was Marc Leishman."
White called the disqualification "unfortunate."
"Knowing Jim as I do and we all do, he handled it extremely professionally and put all of the blame on himself," White said.
" He is a really good guy, but my hands are tied. I am sure he will recover quite nicely next week and jump right in there again."
Furyk said he was disappointed to miss the first event of the FedEx Cup, especially since he is third in FedEx Cup points, behind only Steve Stricker and leader Ernie Els.
“What is the worst part of it? There are a lot of worst parts," Furyk said. "It is a great golf course. I was looking forward to the event. I’m third in [FedExCup] points, so to possibly severely hurt a good year, it depends on how I play the rest of the way, but to hurt a good year after putting myself in that position. I played my heart out all year, so to then limit myself to one less event than the rest of the field…” Still, Furyk didn't complain about the Tour's decision."The rules are the rules," he said.
Although Furyk will miss his chance to compete for the $1.35 million first-place prize this week at the Barclays. he is not in danger of missing the next event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. His third-place standing in FedEx Cup points means he will advance to the next event, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass. The top 100 players after this week move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second round of the $10 million FedEx Cup playoffs.*UPDATE: The PGA Tour amended its statement to say that Furyk was "ineligible" for the Barclays due to missing the pro-am, not "disqualified."
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