Jim Furyk was disqualified from this week’s Barclays tournament, the first event of the U.S. PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs, after arriving late for his pro-am tee time today.
Furyk, ranked No. 3 in the point standings for the golf tour’s season-ending $10 million bonus, was scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. New York time but didn’t get to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, in time, the Tour said in a statement.
Furyk said he overslept because his cell phone, which he always uses as his alarm, had died.
“I woke up at 7:23 and tore out of there, put a pair of pants on and a shirt,” Furyk said, according to a transcript provided by the PGA Tour. “I have no belt or socks and my shoes aren’t tied yet. I got into the locker room at 7:35, but I guess I had to be on the tee.”
PGA Tour rules official Slugger White said by the time Furyk arrived, alternate Marc Leishman had already been sent out as his replacement.
“No matter what tournament it was, I’d be upset,” Furyk said. “But I’m more upset because it is this one. We are here at the end of the deal.”
Furyk will remain eligible for next week’s playoff stop, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
White said he and Furyk’s caddie, Mike “Fluff” Cowan, both tried unsuccessfully to contact Furyk this morning on his cell phone.
“When things like that happen, sometimes you think the worst,” White said, according to a transcript provided by the PGA Tour. “Thank goodness that wasn’t what it was.”
“Knowing Jim as I do and we all do, he handled it extremely professionally and put all of the blame on himself,” White said. “A commitment to play in the tournament is a commitment to play in the pro-am. It is unfortunate for Jim. He is a really good guy, but my hands are tied.”
Under PGA Tour rules, any player who misses a pro-am tee time for any reason other than an injury or family emergency is ineligible to play in that week’s event.
Furyk said it’s the second time in his 17-year PGA Tour Career that he’s overslept for a pro-am, though the last time an alternate filled in for him for two holes before he joined the group.