Fred Funk earned his 8th career Champions Tour win last week in the Greater Hickory Classic and it is his second win of the 2012 season. It felt particularly great to win on Sunday because Duffy Waldorf gave him a challenge on the back nine on Sunday. He played great on the front nine but with Waldorf chasing him for the win, Funk knew that he had to play well on the back nine and fortunately he was able to do.
When asked about his enthusiasm on the golf course, Funk said that it is easy to be happy on the course when you are playing well but it is certainly more of a challenge when you are not playing well. During those moments, it is especially important to have the proper perspective on the course and he always reminds himself how fortunate he is to be able to play golf for a living and be successful.
When you look at the Money Lists of various tours, you tend to see long hitters more often than you see straight hitters like him. While this was true when he was playing on the PGA TOUR, the difference between the long and short hitters was about 30 yards whereas today it is about 60 yards. It is tough to keep up with players who are that much longer off the tee but you try to maximize your strengths as best you can.
He would certainly like to hit the ball a bit longer off the tee and when he practices, he tries to find a driver that he can hit a little bit longer while maintaining his accuracy off the tee. He also uses a number of hybrid clubs and joked that his golf bag is starting to look like one big head cover.
He had planned to be at home in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL when he was asked if he was interested in playing on the Web.com Tour event at TPC Sawgrass. He was interested in playing but he was also concerned about taking away a player’s spot in the field. Once he knew that he would not take away another player’s spot in the field by participated, he accepted the offer to play. He has played Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass many times with his son and his son’s high school team and although it is a shorter course than THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, the rough is very thick and you have to hit the ball straight in order to contend.