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Jim Furyk oversleeps, is disqualified from The Barclays

It's easy to understand a newly drafted tight end oversleeping one day during the first minicamp of his pro career.

But a golf pro? A seasoned golf pro like Jim Furyk? Blame technology. That's the only thing a guy can do when he's standing on a tee minus belt and socks, and with his shoes untied.

When he turned in Tuesday night, Furyk, 40, set the alarm on his cellphone to wake him in plenty of time to get to the pro-am tee time in The Barclays event in Paramus, N.J. The phone ran out of juice and Furyk woke at 7:23 a.m. and arrived at the Ridgewood course at 7:35 for a 7:30 tee time. PGA Tour officials disqualified him from the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

"I'm kicking myself," Furyk said. "I have a way of climbing into situations that are all my fault."

The Sandman's extended visit was particularly ill-timed; Furyk is No. 3 in the standings in the competition for the $10 million prize. He probably won't fall terribly far in the standings but squandered a chance to move up.

Although he said he was upset about not playing Ridgewood or the tournament, Furyk said the worst of his disqualification was "to possibly, severely hurt a good year."

"I played my heart out all year," Furyk said. "I've got no one to blame but myself."

The PGA Tour has required golfers to play in the pro-am that proceeds each tournament since 2004, when golfers skipped some of them. Absent injury or emergency, golfers are automatically disqualified from a tournament it they miss its pro-am.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 25, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
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As a college student 20 years ago I slept through a 50% midterm test, thereby flunking the physics course. I did it again a year later, same course and teacher. Never did end up a physics major, but the experience has haunted me occasionally since.

Jim Furyk's mistake is worse. Thanks Jim, for making me feel better!

Posted by: DigiMark | August 25, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Great thing that most of our bosses aren't this unforgiving. Crazy thing is ProAm tournaments are stupid anyway. They don't count. They are just a silly ego trip for celebs that want their faces on tv. Jim is one of the greats and this will surely hurt his terrific year. After last week's fiasco with Dustin Johnson Golf needs to grow up.

Posted by: peggy_03037 | August 25, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

From sleep to the tee in 12 minutes is pretty amazing. You gotta give him his props for that. Forget his belt, I'm surprised he had his pants on. But where was his caddy?

Posted by: RobTinVA | August 25, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Yet another stupid rule in golf. One would think there might be something between ignoring the violation (all five minutes of it) and throwing Furyk out, such as a warning or a two-shot penalty, but apparently not. On the plus side, I did win a golf match last week when my opponent grounded his club in some hardpan on a local muni and I claimed it was a bunker instead... ;-)

Pro Golf. Sheesh.

A golf magazine recently claimed that 95% of all golfers knowingly cheat. I prefer to say at least half of all golfers prefer the spirit of the rules to the letter of them. I have been known to throw a rock or three out of a bunker when it did not affect my shot. My "cheating" was in fact keeping the course in good shape. Pro golf ought to lighten up a bit and find some middle ground.

Posted by: cterrell2 | August 25, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Pro-ams aren't televised and generally don't feature a large number of celebrities, with the exceptions of the Hope and Pebble Beach - both of which 'count' as official PGA Tour events.

The rule is unfortunately necessary, as Tour stars did everything they could to avoid having to play in pro-ams before they had to play the pro-am to play in the real event. And the Tour makes way too much money off of the pro-ams to do away with them, or try to get the amateurs to pay a premium to play with the 145th-ranked guy on the money list.

If the Tour wants to build the playoff events into major-championshipesque events, they should do away with pro-ams for those tournaments. If Furyk drops to sixth in points, then wins the Tour Championship, the Tour's gonna have some egg on its face.

Posted by: RiverOtis | August 25, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Rediculous! These old buzzards that are running the PGA need to retire!!! This could have cost him 10 Million!!!

Posted by: dlafferty | August 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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