Notes Streaking Romero Funk staying active


USGACOLORADO SPRINGS, Co. ' Dave Delichs caddie has it easy navigating The Broadmoor East Course with his brother this week'especially compared to what is coming next.
Delich, a 51-year-old amateur playing in his first U.S. Senior Open, asked his older brother, Chuck, to carry his bag this week. Although Dave is from Colorado Springs and a six-time club champion at The Broadmoor, he trusts his brothers knowledge of the course.
Hes played The Broadmoor probably more times than I have the last five or 10 years, said Delich, who shot a 6-over 76 in Thursdays first round. He knows how to read the greens. If I get confused or get into a problem, he knows my game.
Delich isnt the only family member benefiting from Chucks generosity. Next week, he will donate a kidney to their sister, so the U.S. Senior Open is a welcome distraction for the caddie.
Hes got a tough time coming up, obviously, and I think if you asked him, he would say he wouldnt want to be anyplace else, Delich said. Hes got a tough week in front of him. This will be easy for him.
Delich, who qualified for the U.S. Senior Open by shooting a 74 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., on June 30, didnt play as well as he wanted on his hometown course Thursday. He was even on the front nine but started the back nine with bogeys on two of the first three holes and recorded a double bogey on No. 13.
I made three or four really poor swings on the back, he said. I think I under-clubbed 10 half a club and it cost me three shots from the middle of the fairway, and you just cant do that out here.
Delich didnt blame his brother.
He did a great job, Delich said. Its great to have him out there. He knows the game and he understands me, and I dont know what more you can get out of a caddie than that.
First-round leader Fred Funk had surgery on his right knee earlier this year, but the day after arriving in Colorado Springs last Thursday for the U.S. Senior Open, he took his family whitewater rafting.
He then played 18 holes every day for the next five days and took his family to Seven Falls, a tourist site near the city, on Tuesday, where he climbed approximately 400 steps.
That was probably a big example of stupidity, he said.
The 52-year-old Funk felt every one of them on Thursday, but he was able to shoot a 5-under 65. He said a long session of stretching in the morning helped loosen him up.
I spent about 3 1/2 hours just stretching before I even went to the range, just trying to get loose, he said. Its not even my knee. I cant even bend down to line up a putt because my thighs hurt so much.
That didnt stop him from starting 4 under through the first four holes.
Thats a dream start, he said. I got off to a ridiculously good start.
To keep his good play going, Funk, who will tee off Friday morning, plans on getting up early to start stretching.
Im going to get up about 5 oclock and start the whole routine again, he said. I just have to stretch out. My knee is pretty bad because of these hills.
A year ago, Eduardo Romero took the first-round lead at the U.S. Senior Open only to finish second to Brad Bryant. This year, the Argentinian is two strokes off the lead after shooting a 3-under 67 At The Broadmoor, and he feels like a different player than the one who was runner-up at Whistling Straits.
He also sees changes from when he finished second at the Senior British Open last week.
After my victory in New York a couple of weeks ago, Im a completely different player, Romero said of his win in the Dicks Sporting Goods Tournament. I almost won last week in the British Open.
The biggest difference, he said, is his putting.
My game is completely different, he said. My putter is working now. Last year my putter was not so good but now its working nice and Im feeling a lot of confidence.
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