Funk Clips Beck Wins First Sr Event

By Sports NetworkOctober 22, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 AT&T ChampionshipSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Fred Funk birdied three holes in a row from the 15th hole Sunday to move past Chip Beck and collect his first Champions Tour victory at the AT&T Championship.
 
Funk finished with a 2-under 69 and took the title at 12-under-par 201. Beck, also searching for his maiden win on the elder circuit, fired a 6-under 65 to finish one back at minus-11.
 
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Fred Funk won his first Champions Tour title in only his third start.
This was only Funk's third start on the 50-and-over circuit. He tied for 11th place in both of his previous starts - the U.S. Senior Open and Ford Senior Players Championship.
 
Scott Simpson posted a 2-under 69 at Oak Hills Golf Club for third place at minus-10.
 
Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw matched his best finish on the Champions Tour Sunday. He carded a 3-under 68 and tied for fourth place with Loren Roberts (69) and Raymond Floyd (71) at 8-under-par 205.
 
Funk began the final round with a one-shot lead over Floyd and the 2005 Players Champion struggled badly at the outset. Funk bogeyed one and two to fall behind the lead and after he traded a birdie and bogey at six and eight, he needed a strong run to get back into the lead.
 
At this point Beck moved into the lead thanks to a strong front nine. Beck birdied, one, five, eight, 10 and 12 to move two clear of Funk at 10 under par.
 
Funk two-putted for birdie from close to 40 feet at the 10th, but still trailed Beck by two. At the par-3 13th, Funk's tee ball found a greenside bunker, but the 50-year-old holed out from the trap to cut the margin to a shot.
 
Funk bogeyed the 14th, but got the stroke back with a birdie at 15. He drained a 10-foot birdie putt to pull even with Beck at the 16th, then moved ahead with a 12-footer for birdie at 17.
 
At the par-3 closing hole, Funk had a long way to go, but lagged his birdie putt to a foot. He tapped in to secure the win and become the youngest champion of this event.
 
Mark McNulty (68), Ron Streck (71), R.W. Eaks (71) and defending champion Jay Haas (72) tied for seventh place at minus-7.
 
Haas is the leading money winner on the Champions Tour and despite finishing lower than the man in second place on the money list, Roberts, is still ahead with next week's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, reserved for the top 30 on the money list.
 
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    Casey (62) opens up four-shot lead at Travelers

    By Nick MentaJune 23, 2018, 9:48 pm

    On the strength of an 8-under 62, Paul Casey will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Here’s where things stand through three rounds outside Hartford.

    Leaderboard: Casey (-16), Russell Henley (-12), J.B. Holmes (-11), Anirban Lahiri (-11), Brian Harman (-11)

    What it means: Casey is hunting his third PGA Tour victory and his second this season. The Englishman went nine years between Tour titles and racked up a number of near-misses after dedicating himself to a full-time U.S. schedule in 2015. He finally broke through earlier this year at the Valspar, edging a resurgent Tiger Woods, and now looks to further kick down a finally open door. TPC River Highlands is a gettable golf course, and notable names like Day, Watson and DeChambeau lurk at 10 under, but the field may need some help from Casey, who has separated himself through 54 holes.  

    Round of the day: Casey fired the round of the week with six birdies and an eagle at the short par-4 15th. He leads the tournament in birdies made with six in each round for 18 total. He has hit each of his last 23 greens in regulation.

    Best of the rest: Jaime Lovemark signed for a 6-under 64 highlighted by an eagle at 15. He enters Sunday tied for 11th, hunting his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

    Biggest disappointment: While Casey was ripping up the course, four of the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking - Rory McIlroy (69), Brooks Koepka (69), Justin Thomas (70) and Jordan Spieth (71) - combined to shoot 1 under par Saturday. .

    Shot of the day: James Hahn’s slam-dunk ace from 154 yards at the par-3 11th.

    After a 3-over front nine, Hahn closed in 29 on the back for a ho-hum 67.

    Quote of the day: "That's something I rarely see from me, 18 greens in regulation. So whatever he told me worked" - Casey on his work with his swing coach, Peter Kostis

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    Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

    There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

    It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.

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    Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

    Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

    His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

    Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

    Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

    "It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

    Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

    "It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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    Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

    McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

    McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

    McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.