Champions Golf Tour
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- under-par 278.

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 birdie.

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 share second.

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 the 14th.

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