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By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Before I jetted down to Atlanta for the Tour Championship, GNN’s Ryan Ballengee joined me to discuss Zach Johnson’s win at the BMW Championship, Jim Furyk’s 59 and Tiger Woods and Oscillate-Gate, along with a quick preview of this week’s Tour Championship. We also chat about the big news that was officially announced earlier today.

By the way, Ballengee and I still need a name for our weekly Hangout show. Suggestions welcome!


Kickin' it: Harman and caddy linger with intent.

That strange, anonymous blob you saw lurking at the base of the Players Championship digital leaderboard this morning should have carried the name of Sea Island native Brian Harman.

The left-hander gained late, late entry to the field as first alternate, taking the place of last week’s forgotten man, D.A. Points, but his transition from practice ground mainstay to competitor would prove circuitous, to say the least.

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As you know, the rules controversy of the week is over Jim Furyk. After Phil Mickelson shot a 75 in his morning pro-am round, he voiced his ardent objections on the rule that dismissed Furyk from The Barclays, the first of four events in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Mickelson, who happened to lunch with Tour commissioner Tim Finchem following the pro-am, and added, “I made my viewpoint very clear to him.”

Furyk was deemed “ineligible” to play in The Barclays because he overslept and missed his 7:30am starting time (by five minutes) for Wednesday’s pro-am. Some believe the punishment was too penal for the crime. Be that as it may, rules are rules and this one was created to protect the generous sponsors from dodging a pro-am without a very valid reason. In other words, you can’t call in sick the morning after you were hitting it hard until the wee hours the night before.

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