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Retief Goosen out of Nissan after missing alarm call

Retief Goosen never got a wake-up call Wednesday morning. Now he will not have to get up for the Nissan Open.

Goosen, ranked fifth in the world rankings, missed his 6:40 a.m. tee time for the Pro-Am tournament and was disqualified from the $4.8 million dollar event that starts Thursday.

"If you miss your time in the Pro-Am, you can't play in the tournament. And, you know, Retief Goosen, who is a model citizen, overslept today," PGA Tour rules official Mark Russell said. "He didn't get a wake-up call and he had a 6:40 [a.m.] time which he requested, and he was not able to make that and we put the first alternate in there."

Alternate John Elliott will replace the 2004 U.S. Open winner.

"We never had any problem at all with Retief in any way," Russell said. "But he just overslept, missed his time and had to suffer the consequences."

With Goosen out of the tournament, only two of the top-10 ranked golfers in the world are in the field. No. 2 Tiger Woods and No. 6 Mike Weir are both playing Riviera. Weir has won the event the past two seasons while Woods is looking for his first win here in his eighth start as a professional.

 

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