Staying in the loop


BETHESDA, Md. – Fred Funk, the former golf coach at the University of Maryland and perennial fan favorite this week at Congressional, has been plagued by injuries lately. On Thursday it was someone else’s injury that caused problems.

Mark Long, Funk’s longtime caddie, was heading toward the clubhouse early Wednesday when he slipped and twisted his knee. Funk didn’t know which knee he injured or any other details following his first-round 71.

“I found out 15 minutes before my tee time,” Funk said. “I knew something had happened. We were on the range and he was driving out and yelled at me, ‘I might have torn something in my knee. I need to take the day off.’”

Luckily for Funk, caddie-yard regular Tony Terry was waiting around just in case someone needed a last-minute loop and filled in for Long.

“Headed down here just in case,” said Terry, a Washington, D.C.-area resident who loops at Congressional when he’s not on Tour. “It’s important to be in the right place at the right time.”