Maybe Jerry Rice should have stuck to football.
The Hall of Fame receiver was disqualified from the Nationwide Tour event in Mill Spring, N.C., yesterday because his caddie used a range-finding scope to check yardages. The disqualification came a day after Rice shot a 92, the highest round since the BMW Charity Pro-Am began in 1992.
“A rookie mistake that I made,’’ Rice said with a smile. “So I got DQed.’’
Rice announced after a second-round 82 that he’s done competing on golf’s Triple A circuit.
“Because I can’t commit to golf the way I want to, this is probably my last Nationwide Tour event,’’ Rice said. “These guys, they’re working their butts off and they deserve to be out here.’’
The error by his caddie means that Rice won’t take part in today’s third round, the last before the celebrity event cuts the field for tomorrow’s finale.
Rice was in violation of Rule 14.3, which prevents competitors from using a yardage measuring device. His caddie checked the yardage scope several times during the round at The Carolina Country Club.
Rice was told in the scorer’s tent after improving to an 82 at Bright’s Creek Golf Club. The BMW Charity Pro-Am is played over three courses in North and South Carolina.
Rice was gracious and jovial with his partners and the fans, some who had his famous No. 80 49ers jersey for him to sign.
Right now, Rice thinks his golf future is purely recreational. He’s glad for the chance to try and the perspective he received from other pros.
“Like I said, this was not a publicity stunt,’’ Rice said. “I came out here, I played hard, and I tried my best.’’
PGA — Rain washed out the second round of the Texas Open in San Antonio, and PGA officials said more bad weather this weekend could push the tournament into Monday. More than 3 inches of rain soaked the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, where leader Matt Jones and the rest of the field never got on the course. They’ll try again today, when Jones will start with a one-stroke lead over Paul Stankowski.
Jones shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to finish with the first opening-round lead of his career. He has four top-10 finishes this year but has yet to win on the tour. Stankowski opened with a 67, and J.B. Holmes, Matt Weibring, Charley Hoffman, and Steve Lowery had 68s. Ernie Els was even.
Champions — Joey Sindelar shot a 7-under 65 in the Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala., and was tied for first after the record-setting opening round.
Bobby Clampett, Russ Cochran, and Peter Senior joined Sindelar atop a crowded leaderboard. A total of 34 players were within three shots of the lead and 60 players broke par at the Ross Bridge course.
The 77-player field combined for an average score of 69.519, breaking the tournament record of 70.397 set in 2002.
R.W. Eaks, David Frost, and David Peoples were at 6 under. Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson, and Corey Pavin were among 11 players with 67s.
LPGA — Se Ri Pak shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome and Wendy Ward in the Bell Micro Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Pak, who opened on the 10th tee, had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her final nine holes to top the second-round leaderboard at 9 under. First-round leader Azahara Munoz was in a group of four players three strokes back after a double bogey on No. 17 and a 73.
European — Pelle Edberg shot a 6-under 64 in bad weather to share the second-round lead with James Kingston at the Mallorca Open in Son Servera, Balearic Islands.
Edberg had seven birdies and a bogey in a round that was disrupted by lightning, while Kingston shot a 70 for a 5-under total of 135. On a day of heavy rain and winds, Edberg was on the final fairway when a storm halted play for more than an hour.