Monday, 03 August 2009
The Senior Open  Championship - Round Three  (Getty Images)
The Senior Open Championship - Round Three (Getty Images)

Fred Funk produced a sensational final round of 65 to win the US Senior Open at Crooked Stick.

The 53 year old, who endured play-off heartache at The Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard last week, reached 20 under par to finish six shots clear of Joey Sindelar.

Having started the day with a one stroke lead over Australian Greg Norman and American Sindelar, the former Ryder Cup star was a model of consistency as he hit 15 greens in regulation to pick up seven birdies in a flawless round at Carmel.

Funk said: "I didn't really dream of being able to come these last finishing holes with a nice little walk but I just kept playing with caution, make a couple of pars and keep my round going and I just kept making birdies.

"When I got in trouble I got out of trouble and it turned out to be a great day for me."
“I wanted to keep the pedal down. If I ended up winning, or if I ended up losing, by giving it a good shot, then that's fine.

“There were a couple of opportunities last week that I know I let go and it hurt. Because you can always look back. I didn't want to look back this week and say 'woulda, coulda, shoulda’.”

Norman’s one over 73 saw him finish fourth, alongside last week’s winner at Sunningdale, Loren Roberts.

Norman, playing with Funk, never got his final round going, a double bogey at the par-three sixth and bogey at the par-four seventh putting paid to his prospects early, followed by four birdies and another bogey.

"Freddy played great today, and I played poor," Norman said. "He really deserved to win. He really played well.

"I don't really want to review my round, no. Just wasn't good. The middle patch wasn't good.

"Nothing was going my way. I was out of energy and the momentum - not physically out of energy, but the momentum wasn't on my side and things weren't happening for me.

"No matter what I did, always seemed like it was the wrong thing instead of the right thing, and I just couldn't turn the corner on it, you know, that was it.

"Freddy kept making birdies and that was the end of that."

Defending champion Eduardo Romero of Argentina posted a 72 to finish in a tie for 19th at three under while Germany's Bernhard Langer (69) and Ian Woosnam of Wales each took a share of 22nd place at two under. Open Championship runner-up Tom Watson finished at two over par.

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