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PGA Tour rescinds `Furyk rule'


      In a wise move, the PGA Tour just announced that it has rescinded the rule that knocked Jim Furyk out of The Barclays last week for oversleeping past his tee time for the pro-am. Commissioner Tim Finchem just announced, that effective immediately, a player who misses the start of the pro-am will be required to play whatever part of the pro-am round he can, and then do some other service related to the tournament.

      Technically, the rule has been "suspended" for the rest of the season and will be reviewed by the Tour policy board in November. But don't expect to ever see it again.

     Furyk, who entered the playoffs last week with a shot at winning the whole thing as the No. 3 points-gatherer, dropped in the standings when he was ruled inelgible to compete in The Barclays, the first of four playoff tournaments. Furyk will be in the field in Boston this weekend. He said last week that his cell phone alarm lost power and the alarm didn't go off. He showed up a few minutes late but was told he could not play.

      The Tour's policy last week drew a blistering criticism from Phil Mickelson (who didn't do himself any honors later in the week when he refused to speak to the media after two poor rounds that saw him miss the cut).

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