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Funk shoots 65 to take Turtle Bay lead

Funk shoots 65 to take Turtle Bay lead

Fred Funk handled the tradewinds and tricky greens with ease in shooting a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Turtle Bay Championship on Friday.
Tom Kite, coming off a second-place tie in the MasterCard Championship, was two strokes back along with David Eger and John Harris in the Champions Tour's first full-field event of the year.
Hale Irwin, the MasterCard winner going for an unprecedented seventh victory in the event, made the turn in 41 and fought back to a 2-over 74. He had a quadruple bogey on the par-4 seventh that dropped him to 5 over.
After a solid drive, Irwin hit in the water twice en route to the snowman.
Starting on No. 4, Irwin went bogey-bogey-birdie-quadruple bogey-birdie-bogey. He found his form on the back nine, birdieing No. 12 and eagling the par-5 18th.
It was Irwin's third round above par in 31 rounds at Turtle Bay.
Last week, the 61-year-old Irwin had a 23-under 193 total to beat Kite and Jim Thorpe by five strokes for his tour-record 45th victory and the first in 15 months.
Funk had seven birdies. He made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th to take the outright lead at 6 under, and birdied the 18th to reach 7 under.
Funk joined the 50-and-over circuit in June and made three starts, going wire-to-wire to win the AT&T Championship and tying for 11th in the U.S. Senior Open. He also had three top-10 finishes last year on the U.S. PGA Tour.
The former University of Maryland coach has seven U.S. PGA Tour victories, including the 2005 The Players Championship.


Updated : 2021-04-22 23:34 GMT+08:00