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By Don Markus | May 26, 1991
When Fred Funk was growing up in College Park, he boxed for eight years in the same junior Golden Gloves program that produced Sugar Ray Leonard. A weight class ahead of the former world champion, Funk won more fights than he lost but gave it up when he was 16 to follow a more gentlemanly pursuit -- golf."
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | October 1, 2009
Fred Funk is nothing if not brutally honest, which is a rarity in his line of work. A lot of professional golfers, over the course of their careers, learn to guard their emotions almost like politicians. They recycle old anecdotes, regurgitate cliches and try to keep the public at arm's length, especially after a bad round. But Funk, who grew up in Takoma Park and was the golf coach at the University of Maryland from 1982 to 1988, is different. He doesn't have a problem acknowledging how badly he wants to win the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, which begins today at Baltimore Country Club.
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October 5, 2007
JAMISON HENSLEY Ravens, 20 - 6 When it comes to the Ravens, Trent Dilfer always leaves with heartache. Edward Lee Ravens, 19-16 The Ravens haven't inspired much confidence, but they can't possibly lose to the 49ers, can they? Rick Maese Ravens, 20-6 I'm glad I'm not Dilfer. The Ravens' defense will be running around Sunday trying to make a statement on every play. Don Markus 49ers, 17-7 Dilfer finally gets his revenge. Mike Preston Ravens, 17-10 The Ravens will reject Dilfer for a second time Peter Schmuck Ravens, 20-6 Strange time for a must-win game, but that's exactly what this is for the Ravens.
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By From Sun news services | October 20, 2008
In wire-to-wire fashion, Turnesa wins Vegas event golf Marc Turnesa completed a wire-to-wire victory for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under-par 68 yesterday to hold off Matt Kuchar by a stroke in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. The fourth rookie to win on the tour this season, Turnesa, a former North Carolina State star, opened with rounds of 62, 64 and 69 at TPC Summerlin en route to a 24-under 263 total. Turnesa, 30, birdied Nos. 9, 11, 12 and 14. Kuchar finished with a 64. Kapalua LPGA Classic:: Morgan Pressel birdied the final hole in the inaugural tournament in Hawaii for her first victory of the season.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2004
He is the oldest American player ever to make a U.S. Ryder Cup team on his own merit, and one of the more unlikely ever to play in the history of the event. Then again, how many professional golfers have ever followed the same script as Fred Funk? As part of a 12-man team that will try to regain the Cup from Europe when the biennial competition begins tomorrow at Oakland Hills outside Detroit, Funk, 48, has accomplished great feats despite starting late, hitting short and winning only a handful of times in a 16-year PGA Tour career.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 18, 2002
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - A friendly game of pingpong turned Fred Funk from one of golf's obscure millionaires into one of the PGA Tour's most celebrated players. It happened this summer, when Funk had a few friends from the neighborhood in this Jacksonville suburb over to his house. Among them was David Duval, who lives across the inlet from Funk and his wife, Sharon. "We were all just having a great time and you'd hit shots and go, `Yeahhhh' or `Whoaaaaa,' " Funk recalled recently. "I thought, `Wouldn't it be neat if you react [in golf]
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August 18, 2001
The leaders ... Shingo Katayama 67-64-131 David Toms 66-65-131 ... and selected followers Phil Mickelson.... 66-66-132 Bob Estes............ 67-65-132 K.J. Choi ...............66-68-134 Jim Furyk ..............70-64-134 Dudley Hart...........66-68-134 Ernie Els.................67-67-134 David Duval.......... 66-68-134 Steve Lowery....... 67-67-134 Paul Azinger......... 68-67-135 Mark O'Meara ........72-63-135 Stuart Appleby .......66-70-136 Davis Love............. 71-67-138 Grant Waite.
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October 11, 2008
leader board Leader ... Ben Crenshaw 67-66 - 133 ... and selected followers Fred Funk 66-68 - 134 Gene Jones 69-66 - 135 Tom Jenkins 67-68 - 135 Mark O'Meara 69-67 - 136 John Morse 68-68 - 136 Bernhard Langer 66-70 - 136 Nick Price 70-66 - 136 D.A. Weibring 67-70 - 137 Andy Bean 68-69 - 137 Jay Haas 67-70 - 137 Scott Hoch 66-71 - 137 Scott Simpson 70-67 - 137 Loren Roberts 68-71 - 139 Tom Kite 71-69 - 140 Jim Thorpe ...
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May 31, 1994
When: Thursday through Sunday; pro-am WednesdayWhere: Tournament Players Club at Avenel, PotomacPurse: $1.3 million, first prize of $234,000Who: 156 golfers, including defending champion Grant Waite, reigning U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, 1992 U.S. Open winner and former Kemper champion Tom Kite, 1991 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart and two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange as well as former PGA champion John Daly, Phil Mickelson and Fred Funk.Tickets:...
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer | June 7, 1995
ROCKVILLE -- Ted Porter, a 35-year-old PGA Tour rookie from Quincy, Wash., shattered the Woodmont Country Club record for U.S. Open sectional qualifying yesterday when he returned 65-65130, 14 under par, for the North-South courses.Porter had 15 birdies and one bogey in breaking the previous Woodmont qualifying mark of 133, set by Australian Chris Parry in 1991.Larry Tedesco, 25, of Augusta, Ga., who had lost in a playoff here last year, made sure it didn't happen again when he opened with a bogey-free 65 on the South side, then added a 67 on the more difficult North.
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October 11, 2008
leader board Leader ... Ben Crenshaw 67-66 - 133 ... and selected followers Fred Funk 66-68 - 134 Gene Jones 69-66 - 135 Tom Jenkins 67-68 - 135 Mark O'Meara 69-67 - 136 John Morse 68-68 - 136 Bernhard Langer 66-70 - 136 Nick Price 70-66 - 136 D.A. Weibring 67-70 - 137 Andy Bean 68-69 - 137 Jay Haas 67-70 - 137 Scott Hoch 66-71 - 137 Scott Simpson 70-67 - 137 Loren Roberts 68-71 - 139 Tom Kite 71-69 - 140 Jim Thorpe ...
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By Don Markus | October 9, 2008
FIVE TO WATCH AT FIVE FARMS Loren Roberts: The tournament's defending champion went on to win the Schwab Cup while finishing second for Player of the Year honors. The so-called "Boss of the Moss" because of his putting prowess, Roberts is having a good year (fifth in earnings) but has won only once. Eduardo Romero: In his second full season on the Champions Tour, "El Gato" is the hottest player coming into the tournament. He has won three times in his past five events, including the U.S. Senior Open and most recently at the SAS Championship two weeks ago. Romero is second on tour in driving distance (293.
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March 31, 2008
Lorena Ochoa dominated the LPGA Safeway International in Superstition Mountain, Ariz., winning by seven strokes. She shot a 6-under-par 66 yesterday to finish at 22-under 266 and win her second straight title there. South Korea's Jee Young Lee, who began the day one shot back, shot an even-par 72 to finish at 15-under. Lee was paired with Ochoa, a match of two of the biggest hitters on tour. Through her interpreter, Lee said she watched the way Ochoa handled the pressure. "She's a great player," Lee said.
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October 5, 2007
JAMISON HENSLEY Ravens, 20 - 6 When it comes to the Ravens, Trent Dilfer always leaves with heartache. Edward Lee Ravens, 19-16 The Ravens haven't inspired much confidence, but they can't possibly lose to the 49ers, can they? Rick Maese Ravens, 20-6 I'm glad I'm not Dilfer. The Ravens' defense will be running around Sunday trying to make a statement on every play. Don Markus 49ers, 17-7 Dilfer finally gets his revenge. Mike Preston Ravens, 17-10 The Ravens will reject Dilfer for a second time Peter Schmuck Ravens, 20-6 Strange time for a must-win game, but that's exactly what this is for the Ravens.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | July 6, 2007
BETHESDA -- Fred Funk came back this week to the first course he ever played in a PGA Tour event as a local favorite and, at age 51, a sentimental choice to win the inaugural AT&T National. Yesterday, Funk took on another role at Congressional Country Club - that of legitimate contender. With an opening round of 3-under-par 67, the former University of Maryland golf coach who has become the Peter Pan of the PGA Tour is one stroke behind five players: Vijay Singh, former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, Stuart Appleby of Australia, Joe Ogilvie and K.J. Choi of South Korea.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 22, 2006
POTOMAC -- After going to Congressional Country Club in 1980, the Kemper Open became a must-play event on the PGA Tour schedule. Though the move seven years later to the nearby Tournament Players Club at Avenel lessened its popularity among the players, it still seemed to be one of the tour's more stable events. Now it's teetering on extinction. Uncertainty is the dominant theme going into today's opening round of the Booz Allen Classic, the third year under that corporate logo after one year as the short-lived FBR Capital Open.
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March 22, 2006
NATIONAL Troops in for long stay in Iraq President Bush said that U.S. troops would remain in Iraq beyond his presidency, a message that could complicate his efforts to reassure an increasingly skittish public that the U.S. military deployment there is not open-ended. pg 1a Guilty on Abu Ghraib charges A military jury at Fort Meade convicted an Army dog handler of six counts of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, including a charge that he used his dog as part of a game to make prisoners soil themselves.
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By Don Markus | October 9, 2008
FIVE TO WATCH AT FIVE FARMS Loren Roberts: The tournament's defending champion went on to win the Schwab Cup while finishing second for Player of the Year honors. The so-called "Boss of the Moss" because of his putting prowess, Roberts is having a good year (fifth in earnings) but has won only once. Eduardo Romero: In his second full season on the Champions Tour, "El Gato" is the hottest player coming into the tournament. He has won three times in his past five events, including the U.S. Senior Open and most recently at the SAS Championship two weeks ago. Romero is second on tour in driving distance (293.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | March 23, 2006
During his early years on the PGA Tour, Fred Funk often wondered if he belonged among the world's best players. As he approaches his 50th birthday, the former University of Maryland coach is trying to figure out which segment of that population best fits his decidedly old school game. Should he remain where he is, trying to hang with Tiger and Phil and Ernie as well as the even younger guns who will be at the TPC at Sawgrass for this year's Players Championship, in which starting today Funk will defend the biggest of his eight career titles?
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March 22, 2006
NATIONAL Troops in for long stay in Iraq President Bush said that U.S. troops would remain in Iraq beyond his presidency, a message that could complicate his efforts to reassure an increasingly skittish public that the U.S. military deployment there is not open-ended. pg 1a Guilty on Abu Ghraib charges A military jury at Fort Meade convicted an Army dog handler of six counts of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, including a charge that he used his dog as part of a game to make prisoners soil themselves.
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