Fresh of his victory at the MasterCard Championship, Fred Funk is looking for a Hawaiian sweep at the Turtle Bay Championship. This is where he ran away with a record 11-stroke win just about a year or so ago. Funk was victorious at Hualalai, birdieing the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke victory against Allen Doyle. The victory was long due after he tied for 25th in the PGA Tour’s Mercedes-Benz Championship and 10th in the Sony Open. Just a year ago, Fred had had the most unbalanced victory ever in a 54-hole Champions Tour event. He finished with repeated 8-under 64s for an 11-stroke win. He holds a tournament-record 23-under 193 total.
The playing conditions at Hualalai were pathetic. The wind whipped at 25 mph at the oceanside layout during the pro-am. Fred Funk mentioned that he does not mind the wind. After all, playing well in the final windy holes at Hualalai, he had become the oldest winner of The Players Championship in 2005. At that time he had to overcome the raging wind of 40 mph. Even though he does not enjoy playing in the wind, he invariably plays well in tough windy conditions. If Funk manages to win this time, it will be his second straight win and third Champions Tour title in Hawaii. This way, he will very soon dethrone Irwin as the golf king of Hawaii.