|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Frederick Funk|
June 14, 1956 |
Takoma Park, Maryland
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
|Children||Eric Justin, Taylor Christian, Perri Leigh|
|College||University of Maryland|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1989)
Champions Tour (joined 2006)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T17: 1997|
|U.S. Open||6th: 2004|
|The Open Championship||T66: 2006|
|PGA Championship||T4: 2002|
- 1 Early life
- 2 PGA Tour career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Professional wins (29)
- 5 Results in major championships
- 6 Champions Tour major championships
- 7 U.S. national team appearances
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
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. 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.
PGA Tour career
After also playing in a few PGA Tour event for several years beginning in 1982 but with little success, 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.
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. In 1991 he had slightly more success, with top-10 finishes in five tournaments.
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.
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.
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.
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. He earned $1.44 million for the win.
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.
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.
After years of chronic knee pain, Funk underwent a total knee replacement in 2009. 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.
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.
Funk has publicly endorsed a number of products including clubs, greens, and golf balls. He maintains professional relationships with Southwest Greens, TaylorMade for its clubs, Titleist golf balls, and Stryker Orthopaedics.
As of the 2013–14 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.
Funk married his wife, Sharon (Archer), in 1994. 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 graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013.
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.
Professional wins (29)
PGA Tour (8)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||May 1, 1992||Shell Houston Open||−16 (68-72-62-70=272)||2 strokes||Kirk Triplett|
|2||Jul 30, 1995||Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley||−20 (66-63-66-73=268)||1 stroke||Jim McGovern|
|3||Oct 6, 1995||Buick Challenge||−16 (69-67-69-67=272)||1 stroke||John Morse, Loren Roberts|
|4||Sep 21, 1996||B.C. Open1||−19 (68-66-63=197)||Playoff||Pete Jordan|
|5||Jul 19, 1998||Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic||−18 (69-64-69-68=270)||2 strokes|| Paul Goydos, Franklin Langham,
|6||Oct 3, 2004||Southern Farm Bureau Classic||−22 (69-67-64-66=266)||1 stroke||Ryan Palmer|
|7||Mar 27, 2005||The Players Championship||−9 (65-72-71-71=279)||1 stroke|| Luke Donald, Tom Lehman,
|8||Feb 25, 2007||Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun||−14 (62-69-64-71=266)||Playoff||José Cóceres|
1 Tournament shortened to 54 holes
PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)
|1||1996||B.C. Open||Pete Jordan||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1996||Buick Challenge|| Michael Bradley, Davis Love III,
John Maginnes, Len Mattiace
|Bradley won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1998||Buick Challenge||Steve Elkington||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||1998||B.C. Open||Brad Faxon||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|5||2007||Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun||José Cóceres||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
- 1977 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1978 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1979 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1983 Maryland Open
- 1984 Foot-Joy PGA Assistant Professional Championship
- 1987 Maryland Open, Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1988 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1989 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1993 Mexican Open
- 2005 Merrill Lynch Skins Game (unofficial money event-PGA Tour), CVS Charity Classic (with Chris DiMarco)
Champions Tour (9)
|Champions Tour major championships (3)|
|Other Champions Tour (6)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Oct 22, 2006||AT&T Championship||−12 (65-67-69=201)||1 stroke||Chip Beck|
|2||Jan 28, 2007||Turtle Bay Championship||−23 (65-64-64=193)||11 strokes|| Loren Roberts, Tom Purtzer,
Denis Watson, Tom Kite, Kiyoshi Murota
|3||Jan 20, 2008||MasterCard Championship at Hualalai||−21 (67-63-65=195)||2 strokes||Allen Doyle|
|4||Aug 17, 2008||JELD-WEN Tradition||−19 (69-66-65-69=269)||3 strokes||Mike Goodes|
|5||Aug 2, 2009||U.S. Senior Open||−20 (68-67-68-66=268)||6 strokes||Joey Sindelar|
|6||Aug 2, 2010||JELD-WEN Tradition||−12 (68-69-70-69=276)||1 stroke||Michael Allen, Chien Soon Lu|
|7||May 6, 2012||Insperity Championship||−14 (66-69-67=202)||1 stroke||Tom Lehman|
|8||Oct 14, 2012||Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn||−15 (66-66-69=201)||1 stroke||Duffy Waldorf|
|9||Jun 8, 2014||Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf
(with Jeff Sluman)
|−20 (61-50-48=159)||1 stroke||Jay Haas & Peter Jacobsen|
Champions Tour playoff record (0–3)
|1||2009||Principal Charity Classic||Mark McNulty, Nick Price||McNulty won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Price eliminated with birdie on second hole
|2||2009||Senior British Open||Mark McNulty, Loren Roberts||Roberts won with par on third extra hole
Funk eliminated with birdie on first hole
|3||2010||Posco E&C Songdo Championship||Russ Cochran||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||73||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||WD|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||CUT||T66||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open 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
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1993 U.S. Open – 1994 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)
Champions Tour major championships
|2008||JELD-WEN Tradition||−19 (69-66-65-69=269)||3 strokes||Mike Goodes|
|2009||U.S. Senior Open||−20 (68-67-68-66=268)||6 strokes||Joey Sindelar|
|2010||JELD-WEN Tradition (2)||−12 (68-69-70-69=276)||1 stroke||Michael Allen, Chien Soon Lu|
Results in senior majors
Results are not in chronological order before 2014.
|Senior PGA Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||T5||T23||T39||CUT||T13||T39|
|Senior Players Championship||T11||T3||2||T7||T16||DNP||T9||T18||T65|
|U.S. Senior Open||T11||DNP||2||1||T43||T50||T2||2||T33|
|Senior British Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||T2||T3||T7||T57||T69||T29|
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
- McMullen, Paul (June 5, 1997). "Funk, now in the money, strives to be on the money Former Terps coach seeks major impact". The Baltimore Sun.
- "Fred Funk – Overview". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "Fred Funk – Career". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Harig, Bob (August 10, 2004). "Ryder Cup takes all of Funk's focus". St. Petersburg Times.
- "Fred Funk – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Healey, Katy (July 10, 2013). "Fred Funk playing with fake knee at U.S. Senior Open". Omaha World-Herald.
- "Funk makes history on way to U.S. Senior Open triumph". USA Today. Associated Press. August 2, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "Fred Funk PGA Pro Endorses Southwest Greens". Southwest Greens. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- "TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff Professionals Fred Funk and Peter Hanson Claim Victories". Golfers Magazine. August 18, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- "Titleist.com Press Releases". Titleist. March 29, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- "Real Patients - Real Stories: Fred Funk". Stryker Corporation. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- Martin, Sean (September 18, 2013). "Funk, 57, to play PGA Tour in 2013-14". PGA Tour.
- "PGA Tour – Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "Champions Tour – Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Campbell, Steve (October 13, 2007). "PGA golfer Funk enjoys ties that bind in Houston". Houston Chronicle.
- "Fred Funk". Icon Sports Management. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Klein, Danny (May 12, 2013). "Sharon the secret to Funk's success over the years". The St. Augustine Record.
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