SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Playing in the day’s final group with virtually no knowledge of Ocean Forest Golf Club, Taylor Funk birdied his 16th hole of the day to take a one-stroke lead at the Jones Cup Invitational on Friday.
Funk, the son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred, rebounded from a bogey at the par-5 sixth hole (he started on No. 10) with his birdie at the seventh for a 3-under 69 on a cold and windy day.
“I think I hit 14 greens [in regulation] so it felt easier then it should have,” said Funk, who only managed to play four holes on Thursday to prepare. “Knowing the wind, knowing it was out of the north all day helped.”
It also helped that Funk had a familiar face on his bag. His mother, Sharon, is caddying for him this week.
“If I can have a caddie I want her on the bag. She hung in there, she was good,” he said.
Dru Love didn’t have as much luck with his father, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis, on his bag. Love three-putted the 18th green for a double bogey-6 and struggled to a 5-over 77.
Funk leads Texas teammate Beau Hossler (70) by a stroke. Hossler led the Longhorns to victory at last week’s Arizona Intercollegiate with an 11-under 202 total for medalist honors.
“I left a lot out there which is encouraging, but 2 under on this golf course is respectable,” Hossler said. “On the front nine it was pretty chilly, so anything under par with those type of conditions is good.”