But to do so required that he rally on the back nine in the first round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, a Nationwide Tour event in South Carolina.
Rice, playing as a professional on a sponsor exemption, made a 10 on the par-4 second hole on Thursday and from there it went downhill. He also made two sevens on a front nine of 49. He followed with a 43 on the back to finish at 20-over par 92.
"I don't want to talk about golf right now," Rice said to reporters before getting in his car. "Had enough."
It's the second time that Rice has played a Nationwide Tour event on a sponsor exemption and each time demonstrated why this is not a good idea. At the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae last month, Rice had rounds of 83 and 76 and missed the cut.
UPDATE: Rice shot a 10-over par 82 in the second round to conclude 36 holes in 30-over par 174. His scoring average for four rounds in the two tournaments: 83.25.
UPDATE II: Rice was disqualified because his caddie used a range finder to get yardages on Friday. He won't be playing the third round (they cut after 54 holes at the BMW-Charity Pro-Am.
-- John Strege