Constellation Classic Notebook

Constellation Energy Classic

GOLF Tournament notebook

September 19, 2005|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN REPORTER

Funk could be in field in 2006

Fred Funk could be among the rookies at the 2006 Constellation Energy Classic.

Funk grew up in Prince George's County and coached at the University of Maryland before developing into a PGA Tour mainstay in his late 30s. Funk won the Tournament Players Championship this year, what is considered the regular Tour's fifth major. After he turns 50 next June, Funk is expected to split time between the PGA Tour events where he has a good history, and select events on the Champions Tour.

Scott Hoch turns 50 in November.

Bob Charles, the oldest man in the CEC, was among the group at even par. Going back to Monday's celebrity Pro-Am, attendance for the week was reported at 45,000.

Yips no more

Bob Gilder might have won more than six times on the PGA Tour between 1976 and 1983 if he hadn't lost his feel on the putting surface midway through that run.

It was more of the same on the Champions Tour until early June. After the first round of the Allianz Championship in Des Moines, Gilder switched to a claw grip.

"I was hitting the ball at the flag all day, and I wasn't making anything happen," said Gilder, who entered the CEC with two top 10 finishes in 2005. "I hit the ball better than the winners, but I would be eight shots behind. I won seven times on the Champions Tour, but I knew I could putt better."

There was little drama in Gilder's four-shot win yesterday, and little in his best moment on the PGA Tour. At the 1982 Westchester Classic, Gilder closed the third round with a double-eagle on the 509-yard 18th. It gave him a six-stroke lead, and the next day he won by five.

Schwab stuff

Dana Quigley, who birdied the first three holes Friday, birdied the final three yesterday for a 68 that got him to 7-under and a tie for 16th. The seasonal leader in the Charles Schwab Cup standings didn't pick up any points, and D.A. Weibring and Tom Watson moved into second and third, respectively.

Tap-ins

It was the fourth runner-up finish of the year for Morris Hatalsky. ... Curtis Strange had three rounds in the 60s for the first time in 15 starts on the Champions Tour. ... A cell phone rang as Bruce Fleisher addressed a bunker shot on No. 2. ... Playing his first event since January, Lee Trevino was 76th among the 77 finishers with a 13-over finish, but the man who knows how to work a crowd birdied No. 18. ... Gary McCord strung together three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine to post a 68 and get to 10-under, in sole possession of seventh place.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

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