Furyk puts alarm-clock incident behind, moves into contention


Jim Furyk opened with a 5-under-66. (Getty Images)

PARAMUS, N.J. – Jim Furyk’s trip to Ridgewood Country Club is already more successful than his last one.

Four years ago, when The Barclays was last held at this course, a faulty alarm clock made Furyk late for his pro-am tee time, disqualifying him.

He’s had no such problems this time, awake enough to post an opening-round 5-under 66 to trail by just one stroke.

“I was bummed about that, but I like this golf course,” he said. “I enjoy playing it and competing here. We play four good golf courses here at The Barclays and I still think this is the best one and I just really enjoy being here.”

He’s also still hearing about his faux pas from four years back.

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“I just kind of forgot about it, but I've been reminded about it a dozen times. Had some fans poking fun and saying, ‘Glad you remembered to wake up.’”

Furyk is hoping this year’s playoff run, though, mirrors that of 2010. Despite the DQ, he rallied to win the FedEx Cup that year.

“The best comeback ever: It all worked out. It was all basically like a missing a cut and got to go home for a few days. I was disappointed at the time, but it all worked out and ended up winning the FedEx that year.”