The Professional Golfers Association of America has suspended the rule that caused Jim Furyk to be disqualified from the Barclays, New Jersey last week.
The world number 6 golfer overslept after the battery on his mobile ran out and his alarm failed to go off and missed his7.30 tee time for the pro-am. He was consequently banned from the tournament proper.
Phil Mickelson called the rule” ridiculous” and queried how the rule had ever been passed.
Now the commissioner Tim Fincham has announced that this rule will be suspended for the rest of the year. Now if a player is late for their pro-ma stating time, they will still be required to participate in the remainder of the event and may be required to take on additional sponsorship duties if required
However if a player fails to turn up for the pro-am completely, unless they can be excused in accordance with the rules and regulations they will still be disqualified from the main tournament.
Furyk was third in the FedEx Cup points list before the first leg of the series and has now dropped to fourth position as a result of him not playing at the Barclays because of his disqualification.