HONOLULU -- The PGA Tour's new cut policy took another
quirky turn Sunday when Kenneth Ferrie withdrew and received less
money than 18 guys who finished behind him, even though he
qualified for the weekend and they didn't.
Ferrie, the Englishman best known for playing in the final group
in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, had to withdraw Saturday because
of food poisoning. He was at 4-under par and made the cut by three
Under tour regulations, anyone who withdraws or is disqualified
for any reason after making the cut is paid last place, unofficial
prize money. Ferrie was given $10,706, but it will not be applied
to the money list, and he received no FedEx Cup points.
"It's always been that way," PGA Tour tournament director Mark
Russell said, pointing at the regulations. "I'm reading out of the
book of laws. We're bound by these regulations."
It looked odd because of a new cut policy in which the top 70
and ties make the cut, but if the number exceeds 78 players, only
the closest number to 70 players can compete on the weekend.
Eighteen players, including U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera and
John Daly, made the cut and had to go home. Those players were paid
$9,699 that counts toward the money list, and 46 points for the
The cut policy already has come under heavy criticism from some
players. It was approved by the policy board in November, and
designed to avoid weekends on tour when players are grouped in
threesomes and start off both tees, leading to 5½-hour rounds.
"It's a stupid rule, I'm sorry," Daly said.
In Ferrie's case, he would have been better off finishing at
However, the payment regulation has happened before at
tournaments where weather delays forced the tournament to take the
closests players to 70 or even the top 60 and ties for the final
round. In one situation, Justin Leonard received last-place
unofficial money even though he withdrew while in a tie for sixth.