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FOR THE RECORD
June 07, 2004
DisqualifiedFor signing an incorrect scorecard at the Canadian PGA tour qualifying school, NHL Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr. The five-time Stanley Cup goaltender shot a final-round 77 but signed for 76. Had Fuhr (right) not DQ'd himself, his four-round cumulative score of 294 would have given him conditional status to play on the Canadian tour for the rest of the season. In his sixth failed trip to Q school, Fuhr made a bogey on the par-3 17th at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links in Kamloops, B.C., but his playing partner recorded a 3 on his scorecard. "It was dumb on my part," Fuhr says. "I got a little too excited. I checked the front nine carefully and assumed everything was right on the backside. Just when I felt good enough about my game, I found a new way to mess up."
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June 07, 2004

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Disqualified
For signing an incorrect scorecard at the Canadian PGA tour qualifying school, NHL Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr. The five-time Stanley Cup goaltender shot a final-round 77 but signed for 76. Had Fuhr (right) not DQ'd himself, his four-round cumulative score of 294 would have given him conditional status to play on the Canadian tour for the rest of the season. In his sixth failed trip to Q school, Fuhr made a bogey on the par-3 17th at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links in Kamloops, B.C., but his playing partner recorded a 3 on his scorecard. "It was dumb on my part," Fuhr says. "I got a little too excited. I checked the front nine carefully and assumed everything was right on the backside. Just when I felt good enough about my game, I found a new way to mess up."

Shelved
By the Northeast League Brockton (Mass.) Rox, a promotion that would have included the distribution of 1,000 Grady Little bobble-arm dolls. The doll's right arm moves to summon a new pitcher in from the bullpen—something the former Red Sox manager famously didn't do in time as Pedro Martinez struggled in a loss to the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series. When fans in Brockton, a suburb 25 miles south of Boston, where the former manager is still a pariah, heard that Grady Little Appreciation Night had been scheduled for May 29, they swamped Rox president Jim Lucas with angry calls. "I thought that the wounds would have healed seven months later," says Lucas. "I underestimated how raw this still is for people."

Offered
By Jaguar as a reward for the return of a $350,000 diamond that was lost during the Monaco Grand Prix, a $45,000 X-series Jaguar. The 108-carat stone, which is approximately the size of a shirt button, was placed in the nose of Christian Klien's Formula One car as a promotion for the forthcoming heist movie Ocean's Twelve. As stars George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt looked on, Klien crashed on the first lap of the May 23 race. Workers couldn't begin looking for the stone—which wasn't insured—until the race ended two hours later. They were soon joined by fans, who flocked to the street in front of the Hotel Mirabeau, near the hairpin turn where Klein wrecked. The reward notwithstanding, team spokesman Nav Sidhu said, "We're not expecting someone to turn up and say, 'Hey, we've found your diamond.' "

Revealed
By a U.S. Army investigation, that former Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was most likely killed by friendly fire. Tillman, 27, who walked away from a $3.6 million contract to enlist after Sept. 11, died in Afghanistan on April 22 (SI, May 3, 2004). Previous reports indicated he was killed by Taliban jihadists, but last Saturday, Lieut. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger Jr. said, "While there was no one specific finding of fault, the investigation results indicate that Cpl. Tillman probably died as a result of friendly fire while his unit was engaged in combat with enemy forces."

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