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Furyk Disqualified in South Africa

December 1, 2001

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) _ Jim Furyk was disqualified from the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Saturday after acknowledging he misplaced a ball, resulting in an incorrect scorecard.

Furyk said he did not adequately study the tournament’s rules regarding preferred lies.

``It’s entirely my fault,″ he said. ``It’s the first time I’ve been disqualified from any event. I’ve been playing well here, and I had my game in good shape.″

Furyk, who won the Mercedes Championship in the United States in January, will complete the rest of the tournament unofficially.

Furyk was in seventh place in the 12-man field after the second round. He then realized Friday night that he had breached a rule that allows players a single replacement of their ball on the fairways because of heavy rain.

Furyk placed the ball a second time on the 13th hole of the first round, and he informed the rules committee. Placing the ball twice carries a two-stroke penalty, but Furyk was disqualified for signing an incorrect first-round scorecard. The rules committee had no evidence other than Furyk’s testimony.

``We obviously looked very closely at the situation, but we had no option but to disqualify him,″ tournament referee Dennis Bruyns said.

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