'Ridiculous' US rule put to bed

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The rule that cost Jim Furyk his place in the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs last week has been suspended for the rest of the US Tour season. Furyk slept in and missed his tee-off time in the pro-am on the eve of the Barclays in New Jersey and was disqualified from the event.

Phil Mickelson called it "ridiculous" and added: "I cannot disagree with it more."

Now commissioner Tim Finchem has announced it will not apply any more this year. "Hereafter, the situation will be handled as a matter of unbecoming conduct," said a PGA Tour statement. "Such player will be required to participate in the remainder of the pro-am and may be required to perform additional sponsor activity."