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.