Funk wins second Tradition title|
Sunriver, OR (Sports Network) - Fred Funk closed with a three-under 69 Sunday
to win the Tradition by a single stroke.
Funk, who also won this crown in 2008, finished at 12-under-par 276.
"I was pretty shocked that no one took off," Funk said of the lead. "It felt
good to do it. I didn't think 12-under was going to be the winning number. I
saw the leaderboard on 15 and realized that if I made one or two birdies
coming in, that might do it."
Michael Allen fired a five-under 67 to end one back at minus-11. He was joined
there by Chien Soon Lu, who closed with a 69.
Third-round leader Tom Lehman stumbled to a one-over 73 at Crosswater Club at
Sunriver Resort. He shared fourth place with Mark Calcavecchia (66) at 10-
Funk opened with a six-foot birdie putt on the first, then he got within one
of the lead thanks to another birdie on the fourth.
At the seventh, he briefly grabbed a share of the top spot with a 10-foot
birdie putt. After Lehman made double-bogey on the seventh, Funk stumbled to a
three-putt bogey on the par-four ninth.
That created a six-way tie atop the leaderboard. Funk parred his next six
holes to remain at 11-under. At the par-five 16th, he drained a 12-footer for
Leading by one, Funk parred the 17th and made a clutch par-saving putt at the
last to win for the sixth time on the Champions Tour.
"I'm still kind of in shock at the way I finished. It was just a lot of work,"
Funk said. "It was a little bit of luck."
The win marked the third straight year in which Funk has won a major
championship title. This victory went with those at this event in 2008 and the
2009 U.S. Senior Open. Loren Roberts was the last to win a major in three
straight years, and he did so from 2005-07.
Allen flew up the leaderboard on the front nine with five birdies and a bogey
in a seven-hole span from the second. Birdies on the 13th and 15th briefly
gave Allen the lead at 12-under.
However, his second shot to the par-five 16th came to rest under the lip of a
bunker. he was unable to save par from there to fall one back. Allen parred
the final two to end there.
Lu turned at 11-under thanks to three birdies on the front nine. He faltered
to a double-bogey on the 10th to seemingly fall out of contention. Lu got back
into the mix with birdies on 11 and 17. He only managed a par at the last to
Lehman was paired in the final group with J.L. Lewis (72) and leading money
winner Bernhard Langer (73). Lehman birdied two and six to take the lead, but
he stumbled to a double-bogey on the seventh.
Around the turn, Lehman dropped shots at 11 and 13, before making birdie on
Lewis had two bogeys and two birdies in his round, while Langer only managed
one birdie to go with a pair of bogeys. Langer had been trying to become the
first player on the Champions Tour to win three straight majors since Gary
Player in 1987-88.
NOTES: Funk hit 54 of 56 fairways for the week...The win moved Funk into
fourth place on the Charles Schwab Cup standings...Lehman was denied his first
stroke-play title...Mike Reid, the 2009 champion, closed with a two-over 74 to
share 47th at plus-three.
08/22 19:52:09 ET