The rule that cost Jim Furyk a spot in last week’s Barclays and dropped him from third to eighth on the FedEx Cup points list has been suspended by the PGA Tour.
Last week Furyk missed his pro-am tee time at Ridgewood Country Club and was ruled ineligible from playing The Barclays, the first of four playoff events.
In a statement Tuesday morning the Tour announced that a player who arrives late to a pro-am tee time will now “be required to participate in the remainder of the pro-am round and may be required to perform additional sponsor activity.” The player, however, would not be disqualified like Furyk.
The pro-am rule was strongly criticized by many players, including Phil Mickelson.
“Well, the rule itself applies to only half the field. So if you're going to have a rule that does not apply to everybody, because not everybody played the pro-am, you cannot have it affect the competition,” Mickelson said. “It's got to be a different penalty. It can't be disqualification if it only applies to half the field. So this rule – it's not protecting the players. It's not protecting the sponsors. It applies to only half the field and yet it affects the integrity of the competition. I cannot disagree with it more.”
According to the statement, commissioner Tim Finchem has asked the Player Advisory Council and the four player directors on the Policy Board to “evaluate the current pro-am regulations to determine whether alternative measures can effectively ensure that players honor their pro-am obligations without placing them at risk of disqualification.”