Name:Frederick "Fred" Funk
Born:June 14, 1956 in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Original/Home Club:Takoma Park, Maryland
Played as the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops (June 6-8; two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) & Peter Jacobsen (USA) finished 1 shot behind Fred Funk (USA) & defending champion Jeff Sluman (USA). [Top of the Rock & Buffalo Ridge courses, Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, Missouri].
Played as the Insperity Championship presented by United Healthcare (May 4-6). Second-placed Tom Lehman (USA) finished 1 shot behind Fred Funk (USA). [Tournament course, The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
Played as the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Oct 12-14). Second-placed Duffy Waldorf (USA) finished 1 shot behind Funk (USA), who claimed his second Champions Tour win of 2012. [Trent Jones Jr course, Rock Barn G&S, Conover, NC].
Played as the JELD-WEN Tradition (Aug 19-22). Second-placed Michael Allen (USA) and Chien-soon Lu (Taiwan) finished 1 shot behind Funk (USA), who recorded his second win in three years in this event. [Crosswater Club, Sunriver Resort, nr Bend, Oregon].
The US Senior Open (July 30-Aug 2). Second-placed Joey Sindelar (USA) finished 6 shots behind Funk (USA), who set a tournament record total of 20-under-par to take his second major championship title. [Crooked Stick GC, Carmel, Ind.].
Played as the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai (Jan 18-20; Champions Tour season-opener). Second-placed Allen Doyle (USA) finished 2 shots behind Fred Funk (USA). [Hualālai course, Hualālai Resort, Big Island, Hawaii].
Played as the JELD-WEN Tradition (Aug 14-17). Second-placed Mike Goodes (USA) finished 3 shots behind Funk (USA) who claimed his first career major championship title. [Crosswater Club, Sunriver Resort, nr Bend, Oregon].
Played as the inaugural Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun (Feb 22-25; the PGA Tour's first ever event in Mexico). Fred Funk (USA) beat José Cóceres (Arg) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to record the last of his eight PGA Tour wins. [El Camaleón course, Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico].
Played as the Turtle Bay Championship (Jan 26-28). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA), Kiyoshi Murota (Jpn), Tom Purtzer (USA), Loren Roberts (USA) and Denis Watson (Zim) finished 11 shots behind Funk (USA). [Palmer course, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii].
Played as the AT&T Championship (Oct 20-22; formerly SBC Championship). Second-placed Chip Beck (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time Champions Tour winner Funk (USA), playing in only his third start on the tour. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the Merrill Lynch Skins Game (Nov 26/27). Funk (USA), making his Skins Game debut, won with a total of 15 skins worth $925,000. Second was Tiger Woods (USA) with 3 skins worth $75,000. Annika Sörenstam (Swe, LPGA Tour) and Fred Couples (USA) were shut out with no skins. [GC at La Quinta, La Quinta, California; at the time known as Trilogy at La Quinta].
Played as The Players Championship (March 24-27). Second-placed Luke Donald (Eng), Tom Lehman (USA) and Scott Verplank (USA) finished 1 shot behind 51-year old Fred Funk (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
Played as the Southern Farm Bureau Classic (Sep 30-Oct 3). Second-placed Ryan Palmer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Funk (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win in 6 years. [Annandale GC, Madison, nr Jackson, Miss.].
Played as the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic (July 16-19). Second-placed Paul Goydos (USA), Franklin Langham (USA) and Tim Loustalot (USA) finished 2 shots behind Funk (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Annandale GC, Madison, nr Jackson, Miss.].
Played as the B.C. Open (Sept 19-22). Funk (USA) beat Pete Jordan (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
Played as the Buick Challenge (Sept 28-Oct 1). Second-placed John Morse (USA) and Loren Roberts (USA) finished 1 shot behind Fred Funk (USA). [Mountain View course, Callaway Gdns Resort, Pine Mtn, GA].
Played as the Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley (July 27-30). Second-placed Jim McGovern (USA) finished 1 shot behind Fred Funk (USA), who claimed his second PGA Tour win. [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, MA].
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Donnie Hammond (USA) finished in second place behind Funk (USA). [GC La Hacienda, Ciudad López Mateos, nr Mexico City].
Played as the Shell Houston Open (Apr 30-May 3). Second-placed Kirk Triplett (USA) finished 2 shots behind 35-year-old Fred Funk (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [Tournament course (known as TPC at The Woodlands), Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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