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May 3-5


INSPERITY


CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY UNITED HEALTHCARE


FOLLOWING HIS VICTORY at last year’s Insperity Championship, Fred Funk could breathe a sigh of relief. After three years of health problems, he was back where he belonged and where he feared he might never be again.


Funk had knee replacement surgery and developed a staph infection in 2009. If that wasn’t enough, he had two surgeries on his left thumb in late 2011. “I wasn’t sure whether I was going to have a career,” Funk said. “I’ve been really blessed with this opportunity to play again, and play at a high level. I didn’t want to give up yet. I love it too much.” Funk’s victory came by a stroke over Tom Lehman, and on a Woodlands Country Club course where he won the 1992 Shell Houston Open, his first of eight PGA TOUR victories. Funk, 55, and Lehman came to 18 tied for the lead. Funk hit his approach two feet from the hole and when Lehman missed his birdie putt, Funk had his seventh win on the Champions Tour and his first since the 2010 Regions Tradition. Funk’s win made him the first player to win PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events on the same course since Tom Watson won the 2007 Senior British Open at Muirfield, where he won the 1980 British Open.


EVENTS POINTS


Bernhard Langer Corey Pavin Kenny Perry Dan Forsman Brad Bryant Fred Couples John Cook Jeff Sluman Peter Senior


www.pgatour.com


8 8 8 6 7 8 4 8 8 7


923 573 466 381 380 354 346 335 324 315


Fred Funk was back in form at the Insperity Championship.


A DISAPPOINTING FINISH FOR LEHMAN


Lehman shot a final-round 68 that included three consecutive birdies on the back nine to take a two-stroke lead. But on 15, his approach went over the green and he had to settle for a par. In the meantime, Funk birdied the 15th and made a short birdie putt on the par-3 16th to grab a share of the lead.


“The whole tournament kind of turned on 15,” Lehman said. “I haven’t been this disappointed after a tournament in a long time because I hit good shot after good shot after good shot.” Both players hit good drives on 18 and Funk stuck his approach two feet from the hole while Lehman’s second shot wound up 12 feet from the hole. Funk’s birdie was his fourth in five holes. “I think that’s one of the best shots I’ve ever hit,” Funk said. ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


POINTS BEHIND


Michael Allen


350 457 542 543 569 577 588 599 608


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1 1 1


1 WINS TOP 10


6 6 4 2 2 6 3 3 4 3


7 Fred Funk


claimed his seventh


Champions Tour victory in his


95th career start and became the first player since Tom Watson to


win a PGA TOUR tournament and a Champions Tour tournament at


the same venue. Course Insight


THE WOODLANDS COUNTRY CLUB


The Houston area has long been known for its wealth of outstanding courses and The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course is certainly one of them. The club was formerly known as TPC The Woodlands and was a long- time site


of the PGA TOUR’s Shell Houston


Open. The course makes excellent use of ponds, lakes, 57 bunkers and a wealth of trees—a combination that places a premium on carefully conceived and executed shotmaking. Many holes require forced carries over water and the 13th hole is highlighted by an island green. The bermudagrass greens are usually among the quickest and best in the Houston area.


Tournament Record 191, Bernhard Langer, 2007


Current Course Record 63, Fred Couples, 2010; Michael Allen, 2011


Tournament 18-Hole Record 62, Bernhard Langer, 2007 (Augusta Pines)


GOLF CHANNEL


Ticket Information www.insperitychampionship.com


PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 179


The Woodlands Country Club


(Tournament Course) (Par 72/7,018 yards) The Woodlands, Texas


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