Fred Funk

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Fred Funk
— Golfer —
Fred Funk Portrait 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full name Frederick Funk
Born (1956-06-14) June 14, 1956 (age 57)
Takoma Park, Maryland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Spouse Sharon
Children Eric Justin, Taylor Christian, Perri Leigh
Career
College University of Maryland
Turned professional 1981
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1989)
Champions Tour (joined 2006)
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 8
Champions Tour 8
Other 6
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T17: 1997
U.S. Open 6th: 2004
The Open Championship T66: 2006
PGA Championship T4: 2002

Frederick Funk (born June 14, 1956) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

Early life[edit]

Fred Funk was born in Takoma Park, Maryland. He tried several sports, and even boxed for eight years for a junior boys club. He played on the gold team at High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland.[1]

Funk went to the University of Maryland, College Park, but was cut from the golf team in 1975. He transferred to Prince George's Community College, then returned to UM two years later to earn a top spot with the Terrapins golf team. At the time he also held a job as a circulation supervisor for the Washington Star.[2] He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1980 with a degree in law enforcement. He turned professional in 1981, but worked as a golf coach at UM from 1982 to 1988.[3]

PGA Tour career[edit]

After also playing in a few PGA Tour event for several years beginning in 1982 but with little success,[4] Funk finally became a member of the PGA Tour in 1989, playing in 29 official tournaments and several unofficial ones. He earned his biggest paycheck to date with $12,500 in a tie for ninth in the Chattanooga Classic.[5]

In 1990, he struggled with consistency, missing the cut in nearly half the tournaments he entered. However, there were some bright spots, including a T-3 to earn $34,800 in the Chattanooga Classic as well as a fifth-place finish in the Buick Open to pocket $40,000.[6] In 1991 he had slightly more success, with top-10 finishes in five tournaments.[7]

Funk broke through in 1992 with his most successful year to date, including his first PGA Tour win. In May, he captured the Shell Houston Open with a 16-under score for a two-stroke win over Kirk Triplett and winnings of $216,000.[8]

In 1995, he won his second PGA Tour tournament with a score of 16-under at the 1995 Ideon Classic, for which he earned $180,000. He followed that up with a win just two months later at the Buick Challenge, with another 16-under for $180,000.[9]

Funk was a member of the United States teams at the 2003 and 2005 Presidents Cup and the 2004 Ryder Cup. He received some criticism in 2004 for opting out of The Open Championship, one of the tour's four major tournaments, despite having qualified. He played instead in that week's B.C. Open, a much less prestigious event, but one which also offered Ryder Cup ranking points.[10]

In 2005, Funk scored his biggest PGA Tour win when he captured THE PLAYERS Championship, also becoming its oldest winner at 48 years, 9 months, 14 days by defeating Tom Lehman, Scott Verplank and Luke Donald by a stroke.[11] He earned $1.44 million for the win.[12]

Since turning 50 in June 2006, Funk has been eligible for Champions Tour events and debuted in the 2006 U.S. Senior Open. When he turned 50, he still featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

He won a further PGA Tour tournament, his eighth career win, in 2007 after his senior debut, becoming only the second over-50 player to win on the PGA Tour in 31 years. That win came at the first Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, an alternate event to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, so none of the world's top 64 ranked players were in the field. By winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Funk became the first man to win a PGA Tour event held in Mexico and, at age 50 years, 8 months and 12 days, became the fifth-oldest champion in PGA TOUR history and the oldest since Art Wall (51 years, 7 months, 10 day) at the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open.[13]

Funk is generally regarded as one of the shortest drivers on today's PGA Tour, but is always at or near the top of the driving accuracy statistics. In fact, many of his playing competitors are now regarding him as perhaps the straightest driver to ever play golf; in the past 14 years, Funk has achieved the highest driving accuracy on the PGA Tour seven times, and has been in the top five of this statistic for every year but one in that period.

On March 28, 2005, Funk picked up the biggest win of his career, becoming the oldest player ever to win The Players Championship. He also won the unofficial Skins Game tournament, during which, to satisfy a friendly bet, he wore a pink skirt that Annika Sörenstam pulled out of her golf bag when she outdrove Funk on the par-five third hole. The skirt was actually picked out by Funk's wife, Sharon.

In August 2008, Funk won his first senior major, the JELD-WEN Tradition.

After years of chronic knee pain, Funk underwent a total knee replacement in 2009.[14] Later that year, on June 8, 2009, he became the oldest qualifier, at age 53, for the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black by shooting 139 over 36 holes at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, surviving a playoff.

In August 2009, Funk won his second major championship on the Champions Tour at the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. Funk dominated the rest of the field and cruised to a six-stroke victory over Joey Sindelar.[15]

With his third senior major victory at the 2010 Jeld-Wen Tradition, he became the first player to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event after knee-replacement surgery.[16]

A popular player on tour, his fans are referred to as "Funk's Punks." The iconic songs — Play That Funky Music and Give Up the Funk — have become theme songs for the fan favorite.

Funk has publicly endorsed a number of products including clubs, greens, and golf balls. He maintains professional relationships with Southwest Greens,[17] TaylorMade for its clubs,[18] Titleist golf balls,[19] and Stryker Orthopaedics.[20]

As of the 2013-2014 season at age 57, Funk currently still plays in several PGA Tour events a year while devoting most of his time to the Champions Tour.[21]

As of February 2014, Funk ranked 40th in career PGA Tour earnings with just over $21 million in earnings.[22] He ranks 22nd in all-time Champions Tour earnings with over $9.2 million.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Funk married his wife, Sharon (Archer), in 1994.[24] They currently reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. They had a son, Taylor Christian, in 1995. He is home-schooled but plays golf for Ponte Vedra High School and won the Florida 2A state championship in October 2013; he has committed to the University of Texas for 2014-15. They have a daughter, Perri Leigh, born in 1999. Fred has a son, Eric Justin, born in 1991 during Fred's first marriage, which ended in 1992; Eric is currently a student in the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.[25][26][27]

Funk has been enshrined in both the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the state of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.[28]

Professional wins (21)[edit]

PGA Tour (8)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 May 1, 1992 Shell Houston Open −16 (68-72-62-70=272) 2 strokes United States Kirk Triplett
2 Jul 30, 1995 Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley −20 (66-63-66-73=268) 1 stroke United States Jim McGovern
3 Oct 6, 1995 Buick Challenge −16 (69-67-69-67=272) 1 stroke United States John Morse, United States Loren Roberts
4 Sep 21, 1996 B.C. Open1 −19 (68-66-63=197) Playoff United States Pete Jordan
5 Jul 19, 1998 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic −18 (69-64-69-68=270) 2 strokes United States Paul Goydos, United States Franklin Langham,
United States Tim Loustalot
6 Oct 3, 2004 Southern Farm Bureau Classic −22 (69-67-64-66=266) 1 stroke United States Ryan Palmer
7 Mar 27, 2005 The Players Championship −9 (65-72-71-71=279) 1 stroke England Luke Donald, United States Tom Lehman,
United States Scott Verplank
8 Feb 25, 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun −14 (62-69-64-71=266) Playoff Argentina José Cóceres

1 Tournament shortened to 54 holes

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 B.C. Open United States Pete Jordan Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1996 Buick Challenge United States Michael Bradley, United States Davis Love III,
United States John Maginnes, United States Len Mattiace
Bradley won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1998 Buick Challenge Australia Steve Elkington Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1998 B.C. Open United States Brad Faxon Lost to par on second extra hole
5 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Argentina José Cóceres Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other (6)[edit]

Champions Tour (8)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (3)
Other Champions Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 22, 2006 AT&T Championship −12 (65-67-69=201) 1 stroke United States Chip Beck
2 Jan 28, 2007 Turtle Bay Championship −23 (65-64-64=193) 11 strokes United States Loren Roberts, United States Tom Purtzer,
Zimbabwe Denis Watson, United States Tom Kite, Japan Kiyoshi Murota
3 Jan 20, 2008 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai −21 (67-63-65=195) 2 strokes United States Allen Doyle
4 Aug 17, 2008 JELD-WEN Tradition −19 (69-66-65-69=269) 3 strokes United States Mike Goodes
5 Aug 2, 2009 U.S. Senior Open −20 (68-67-68-66=268) 6 strokes United States Joey Sindelar
6 Aug 2, 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition −12 (68-69-70-69=276) 1 stroke United States Michael Allen, Taiwan Chien Soon Lu
7 May 6, 2012 Insperity Championship −14 (66-69-67=202) 1 stroke United States Tom Lehman
8 Oct 14, 2012 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn −15 (66-66-69=201) 1 stroke United States Duffy Waldorf

Champions Tour playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Principal Charity Classic Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty, Zimbabwe Nick Price McNulty won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Price eliminated with birdie on second hole
2 2009 Senior British Open Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty, United States Loren Roberts Roberts won with par on third extra hole
Funk eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 2010 Posco E&C Songdo Championship United States Russ Cochran Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T23 CUT CUT DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T47 DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT T38 DNP T36 T17 CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP CUT T33 T7 T44 CUT CUT T43 DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP 73 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP WD
PGA Championship DNP T57 CUT T44 T55 T39 T26 T61 T23 73
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T37 DNP DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT T44 DNP T35 6 T23 T40 T30 DNP 60
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT T66 DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T9 T70 T4 T7 CUT T47 T20 CUT DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open T70 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 4 22 13
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 3 5 18 15
Totals 0 0 0 1 5 10 58 34
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1993 U.S. Open – 1994 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2008 JELD-WEN Tradition −19 (69-66-65-69=269) 3 strokes United States Mike Goodes
2009 U.S. Senior Open −20 (68-67-68-66=268) 6 strokes United States Joey Sindelar
2010 JELD-WEN Tradition (2) −12 (68-69-70-69=276) 1 stroke United States Michael Allen, Taiwan Chien Soon Lu

Results in senior majors[edit]

Results are not in chronological order before 2012.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Senior PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T5 T23 T39 CUT T13
The Tradition DNP 11 1 T5 1 T18 T9 T12
Senior Players Championship T11 T3 2 T7 T16 DNP T9 T18
U.S. Senior Open T11 DNP 2 1 T43 T50 T2 2
Senior British Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T2 T3 T7 T57 T69

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1997-06-05/sports/1997156141_1_fred-funk-golf-potomac
  2. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1997-06-05/sports/1997156141_1_fred-funk-golf-potomac
  3. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html
  4. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/career/#uber
  5. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/career/#uber
  6. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/career/#uber
  7. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/career/#uber
  8. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/career/#uber
  9. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/career/#uber
  10. ^ Ryder Cup takes all of Funk's focus
  11. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/media-guide/#uber
  12. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/media-guide/#uber
  13. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/media-guide/#uber
  14. ^ http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130710/LIVEWELL02/707109827/1161
  15. ^ "Funk makes history on way to U.S. Senior Open triumph". USA Today. August 2, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  16. ^ http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130710/LIVEWELL02/707109827/1161
  17. ^ "Fred Funk PGA Pro Endorses Southwest Greens". Southwest Greens. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff Professionals Fred Funk and Peter Hanson Claim Victories". Golfers Magazine. August 18, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Titleist.com Press Releases". Titleist. March 29, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Real Patients - Real Stories: Fred Funk". Stryker Corporation. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/tourreport/2013/09/18/funk--57--to-play-pga-tour-in-2013-14.html
  22. ^ http://espn.go.com/golf/moneylist/_/tour/alltime
  23. ^ http://scores.nbcsports.msnbc.com/golf/averages.asp?tour=CHMP&rank=04
  24. ^ http://www.chron.com/sports/campbell/article/PGA-golfer-Funk-enjoys-ties-that-bind-in-Houston-1566751.php
  25. ^ http://mydigimag.rrd.com/display_article.php?id=494942
  26. ^ http://www.iconsportsinc.com/fred-funk/
  27. ^ http://staugustine.com/sports/local-sports/2013-05-11/sharon-secret-funks-success-over-years
  28. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html/media-guide/#uber

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