NORTON, Mass. -- Chad Campbell arrived at the TPC Boston on Saturday to find some unsettling news. Because he forgot to register for the tournament, he was disqualified before teeing off for the second round. Campbell came into the week ranked 83rd on the FedEx Cup points list.
How he was still allowed to play the full 18 yesterday is anyone's guess. The PGA Tour's official ruling on the matter states "A player failing to register prior to his first official tournament round shall be ineligible to participate in the tournament unless satisfactory evidence of mitigating circumstance has been provided to the on-site Tournament Director."
But he's disappointed no less.
"You know, it would have been nice to go out there and play good today and finish up the week pretty good and hopefully go into next week," Campbell said. "But that's the way it goes."
Oddly enough, this isn't the first time the Texan has made such a mistake. Campbell was disqualified from the Sony Open in Honolulu in January 2009 because he never registered.
"It's starting to be a trend," he kidded.
Snedeker looking to avenge putting gaffe
Last September, Brandt Snedeker cost himself some cash and FedEx Cup points when he four-putted the final hole of the BMW Championship.
So Saturday's second round, after which he found himself at the top of the leaderboard at 12-under, has to feel nice. You want to talk four-putt? The North Carolina native, who finished tied for eighth at this year's U.S. Open, needed just 10 putts on the first nine holes Saturday; in two trips through the front nine, Snedeker birded 10 holes and eagled another.
"It would be really nice to kind of come back and play well this week, and take care of that and not have to worry about four-putting that last hole like last year, and getting past that," Snedeker said. "But that's what makes the FedEx Cup great. It has those kind of stories that are there.
"You put a little bit more pressure on yourself than you normally should, and I learned from that last year and hopefully this year I won't make the same mistake."
Donald looks to make a leap
A good showing can lead to big jumps in the FedEx Cup standings. Matt Kuchar saw the benefits of that last week at The Barclays, with his playoff win over Scotland's Martin Laird vaulting him to the top spot in the standings. Laird also made a big jump, from 90th to third.
England's Luke Donald, who tied for 15th last week, sits fifth on the Deutsche leaderboard, and 17th in the FedEx Cup standings, with a 10-under 65-67--132 performance through two rounds. While he admits his drives could have been better (16 of a possible 28 fairways), he's satisfied with his putts.
"A couple of weeks ago at the PGA and the Firestone, I struggled around the greens," Donald said. "It was poor chipping, my putting wasn't very good. It's kind of swapped, switched around a little bit. Probably just because I focused heavily on my short game the last couple of weeks to tidy up.
"But I certainly feel a lot closer with my long game, it's just kind of a work in progress."