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Justice for Jim Furyk
By mustang6560 on 9/1/10
Good news for Jim Furyk.
The PGA Tour has suspended its rule that kept Jim Furyk from playing in last week's Barclays tournament because he overslept and missed his tee time for the pre-tournament pro-am.

Furyk, who had been ranked third in the FedEx Cup standings, overslept because his cell phone alarm failed to work.
I think it was a smart move by Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour to handle similar issues in the future as a disciplinary matter rather than an automatic disqualification for a couple reasons.

First, the rule was first put in place back in 2004 to penalize PGA Players because too many were skipping the pro-am, which is a major source of revenue. Jim clearly did not purposely try to skip this tournament. Remember the sockless, beltless Furyk scurrying about trying to get to his tee box? Second, this rule doesn't apply to everyone. Only about half of the field is required to play the pro-am so why have a rule that is only enforceable for every other player?

The PGA Tour will not make any permanent decisions until The Player's Advisory Council and player directors meet later in the year to discuss the pro-am rules.

Furyk was No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings going into The Barclays, but dropped down to No. 8 after missing the tournament. He still has a chance to win as the second round of the PGA Playoffs is set to get underway in Boston tomorrow at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Not gonna lie, I'm rooting for ole Furyk as I think it would be awesome to see him win the $10 million after not even playing in the first round!


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