Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Run for the FedEx Cup ~ The Barclays

PGA Tour Pro Jim Furyk Disqualified from the Barclays today!

PGA Tour Pro Jim Furyk arrived in Paramus, NJ full of confidence ~ sitting atop the FedExCup Standings at #3.  Unfortunately his cell phone battery died and he never got the wake up call for his 7:30 Pro-Am tee time this morning!  He missed by 5 minutes and was replaced by Marc Leishman.  Slugger White ~ PGA Tour VP Rules Official and Furyk's caddie Mike Cowan (Fluff) searched for bout a half hour prior to his tee time but to no avail.  The penalty, seemingly harsh ~ especially under the circumstances (10 million of them) is standard. The format of the FedExCup Playoffs is such that the top 5 FedExCup Leaders can possibly win the whole shootin' match with a win at the final playoff event ~ The Tour Championship.  With Furyk's DQ this morning ~ he could possibly drop as far down as 19th on the points list depending upon how it all pans out ~ the best guesstimates are about 7th ~ 10th place.  Although Jim was pretty bummed out about his predicament he handled his fate with grace stating, "The rules are rules, I have no one to blame but myself.  Jim's heading back to Florida, "I'm heading home, there is no reason to go to Boston this early.  To sit there for 9 or 10 days is pointless."  A true champion Jim is also well aware of his blind spots stating, "I missed the first day of school.  I should have just stayed home.  I'm beside myself but I have a way of climbing into stupid situations."  Today's ruling comes on the heals of  the controversial Dustin Johnson "Bunker Ruling" at the PGA Championship and Juli Inskter's DQ for the use of a "training aid" during an LPGA's Safeway Classic event.  Keep your chin up Jim we'll see you next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship!

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