Funk posts 11-stroke victory in Turtle Bay Championship

Monday, January 29, 2007

Fred Funk had the most-lopsided victory ever in a 54-hole Champions Tour event, shooting his second straight 8-under 64 on Sunday for an 11-stroke win in the Turtle Bay Championship in Kahuku, Hawaii.

The 50-year-old Funk, still a regular on the PGA Tour, ended the suspense early with six birdies in a front-nine 30 and finished with a tournament record 23-under 193 total in the tour's first full-field event of the year.

Funk earned $240,000 for his second Champions Tour victory in five career starts. He also went wire-to-wire to win the AT&T Championship, the last full-field event in the 2006 season.

Tom Kite, who tied for second last week in the MasterCard, went double bogey-bogey on the last two holes to close with a 71, dropping him into a five-way tie at 12 under with 2006 winner Loren Roberts (66), Tom Purtzer (66), Denis Watson (68) and Kiyoshi Murota (72).

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South African star Retief Goosen won the Qatar Masters in Doha, Qatar, eagling the final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke win over Nick O'Hern.

Goosen finished with a 15-under 273 total.

-- The Associated Press

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