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Rice Ends Quixotic Quest


NFL great Jerry Rice has indicated that he's through trying to make it as a touring pro. Playing in his second Nationwide Tour event, Rice was disqualified Friday because his caddie used a scope to check yardages.

Rice called the error a "rookie mistake" and apologized to BMW Charity Pro-Am officials. The event was played at The Carolina Country Club in Mill Spring, N.C.

Rice opened with a 20-over-par 92, the highest round ever recorded since the BMW Charity Pro-Am began in 1992. He began his quest for a Tour card last month in California, where he shot 83-76 and missed the cut in the Fresh Express Classic.

After carding an 82 in the second round and learning that he was DQ-ed, Rice told reporters, "Because I can't commit to golf the way I want to, this is probably my last Nationwide Tour event.

"These guys, they're working their butts off, and they deserve to be out here," he added. "It's OK. I had a great time meeting friends and seeing fans."