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Funk maintains lead in Turtle Bay Championship

Funk maintains lead in Turtle Bay Championship

Wind or no wind, Fred Funk is tough to beat.
Funk had another spectacular day on the greens, shooting an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Turtle Bay Championship.
The 50-year-old Funk had his second straight bogey-free round to break the tournament record with a 15-under 129 total.
Japan's Kiyoshi Murota, playing on a sponsor's exemption, shot a 65 to finish at 12 under. Tom Kite (66), coming off a second-place tie in the MasterCard Championship, was another stroke behind in the Champions Tour's first full-field event of the year.
Unlike the wind-swept opening round, it was unusually calm on the 6,441-meter (7,044-yard) oceanside Palmer Course.
Funk had eight birdies and, using a wider stance he picked up during the pro-am, putted just 24 times. After holing a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th that gave him a three-stroke lead, Funk swung his putter as if he hit a home run.
Funk, who tied for 28th in the 41-man MasterCard last, is seeking his second Champions Tour victory in his fifth start. He joined the senior tour after turning 50 in June and made three starts last year, 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 PGA Tour.
With several players making a move early, Funk birdied Nos. 3 and 5 to reach 9 under. He made a 10-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to make the turn at 32 and regain the outright lead.
Funk also sank an 18-foot birdie on the next hole that was set up by an 8-iron from the left rough.
Murota, a six-time winner on the Japan Tour, made his move early with five birdies on the front side that moved him to 10 under, a stroke behind Funk. He also closed with two birdies, just missing an eagle on 18.
Murota tied for 17th last year at Turtle Bay and is trying to become the first sponsor invitee to win since Christy O'Conner Jr. in the 1999 State Farm Senior Classic.
The 57-year-old Kite, who won twice last year, birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine to shoot up the leaderboard. His only mistake was a bogey on the first hole.
Vicente Fernandez had a 64 to join Denis Watson (65), Tom McKnight (69) and David Eger (69) at 8 under. Bob Gilder (65), Mike Reid (67), Tim Simpson (67) and D.A. Weibring (69) were 7 under.


Updated : 2020-12-05 05:07 GMT+08:00