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GREATER HICKORY KIA CLASSIC AT ROCK BARN


FRED FUNK CAME TO THE GREATER HICKORY KIA CLASSIC at Rock Barn on a roll and he didn’t let up.


Funk had an impressive bogey-free tournament and by the time he putted out on the final hole, he had extended his personal streak to 84 holes without making a bogey at Rock Barn. Funk, 56, who won at The Woodlands in May of 2012, got off to a fast start, firing a pair of 66s in the first two rounds that gave him a one-stroke lead going into Sunday. He made his run with birdies on Nos. 12 and 14 on Sunday that kept him in a tie for the lead with Duffy Waldorf, who ended the day with a 66 of his own.


FUNK FELT THE HEAT ON SUNDAY “I wanted to win here really bad,” said Funk, an eight-time winner on the PGA TOUR. “I’ve been knocking at the door on this tournament a lot, but I was feeling the heat. When you get in contention, you always want to finish it.” Waldorf, who joined the Champions Tour in August after a TOUR career that saw him win four times, was helped by solid putting. “I had two great days of putting, and that made the difference,” said Waldorf. “That really got me going. I would’ve liked to have hit the ball closer a few more times, because


EVENTS POINTS


Roger Chapman Michael Allen Fred Couples Fred Funk John Cook


Mark Calcavecchia Kenny Perry Joe Daley


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18 17 10 20 10 20 21 21 16 13


2,250 2,139 1,756 1,531 1,530 1,361 1,236 1,108 1,004 958


POINTS BEHIND


111 494 719 720 889


1,014 1,142 1,246 1,292


Rock Barn Golf & Spa (Par 72/7,087 yards) Conover, North Carolina


Fred Funk played the entire 2012 tournament without a bogey in winning the title.


I was rolling in the putts.” Except


on the final hole, when his


20-footer for birdie came up short. That was all the opening Funk needed. He made a beautiful chip from the fringe on 18 and then made the putt to win. ■


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Fred Funk became the eighth different winner in the 10-year history of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. At 56 years and four months of age, he also became the oldest winner of the tournament, surpassing R.W. Eaks who won the 2008 event at 56 years, three months, 23 days.


Hale Irwin matched his age for the third time in 2012 when he posted a bogey-free 67 in the final round. Irwin also matched his age at the Senior PGA Championship (Rd.2) and Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (Rd. 4). Irwin bettered his age at the 3M Championship with a 65 in the third round.


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Bernhard Langer Tom Lehman


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Course Insight


ROCK BARN GOLF & SPA


There are two widely praised courses at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The tournament’s host course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., one of Robert Trent Jones’ two sons who followed in their father’s considerable design footsteps. For much of his career Jones, Jr. focused on the West Coast and Pacific Rim but has gradually done some fine courses on the East Coast. He routed this course through beautifully contoured property and made good use of the elevation changes and a stream that runs through the course. The second course was designed by Tom Jackson.


WINS TOP 10


15 10 2


11 6 8 9


10 8 2


Tournament Record 197, Mark Wiebe, James Mason, 2011


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, R.W. Eaks, 2008; Gary Hallberg, 2010


GOLF CHANNEL


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PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 187


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