Jim Furyk was disqualified from The Barclays Wednesday. In an odd twist of fate, Furyk was disqualified from The Barclays for missing his tee time at the pro-am in advance of Thursday’s PGA Tour event. It might be time for Furyk to invest in a wake-up service now, because the reason he was disqualified boils down to him oversleeping.
According to ESPN, Furyk’s cell phone alarm clock lost power during the night and failed to go off this morning. When he woke up, he had just seven minutes to get from his hotel room out to the Ridgewood course. He got there a bit too late, and was disqualified for oversleeping. Definitely not an excuse that any golfer wants to have to use.
The PGA Tour has become really strict on making sure that Wednesday pro-ams start on time, and there had been new policies put in place in 2004 to deal with situations like this. Apparently too many players were just skipping out on Wednesday events at the tournaments, citing reasons that were sometimes suspect, and that led to a change in the rules. Now players have to be there on time to start their day, or they risk being disqualified. For Jim Furyk, that meant he was disqualified for being less than 10 minutes late to the event, knocking him out of a tournament that he could have possibly won this weekend. This also brings about the possibility that his year on the Tour could be seriously affected by not competing this weekend.
The Barclays is an important tournament in the FedEx Cup standings, and Furyk missing the event could really derail his efforts to win the $10 million prize. Coming into this weekend’s tournament, Furyk was in third place overall, just 155 points behind leader Ernie Els. Furyk has won two events and finished in the Top 10 six times during FedEx Cup events this season. Now, missing The Barclays could cause him to lose spots in the standings, especially with Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose right behind him in overall points. It won’t count him out of the running just yet, but missing an event this close to the end of the season could set him back a few steps that he won’t be able to regain if Els or second-place Steve Stricker find success this month. Hopefully Furyk gets a more reliable alarm clock, and comes back even stronger in the coming weeks.