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.
August 25, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
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