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Fred Funk

Player Data

  • Birthdate: June 13, 1956
  • Birthplace: Takoma Park, Md.
  • Residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
  • Age: 50 Ht: 5' 8" Wt: 165
  • Turned Pro: 1981
  • College: Maryland

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Player Notes

Funk started to play golf at about age 10, picking up the game on his own because it looked like something he wanted to do; by 14 he knew that he wanted to play on the PGA Tour. He tried for his Tour card in 1984, '85 and '86 with little success, and his dream of playing on the Tour suffered a serious setback when he tore a rotator cuff in 1987. He became the golf coach at the University of Maryland, and was successful competing as a club pro, winning the 1984 Foot-Joy National Assistant Professional Championship and the Maryland State Open in 1984 and 1987. He Other Victories: Middle Atlantic PGA Championship three times. In 1988 he finally succeeded at Q-school, and then succeeded again the next year. In the 1990 season he had three top 10 finishes, and continued to improve, winning for the first time in 1992 at the Houston Open. Led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy in 1995, '96, '99, 2000 & 2003, 2nd in '97 & '05, 3rd in 2001 and finished 7th in '98. Between 1990 and the 2006 Players Championship played in 514 PGA Tour events, more than anybody else in that time period. Member of the 2003 & '05 Presidents Cup team, also the 2004 Ryder Cup team.

Career Victories

PGA Tour
7 - 1992 Shell Houston Open; 1995 Ideon Classic, Buick Challenge; 1996 B.C. Open; 1998 Deposit Guaranty Classic; 2004 Southern Farm Bureau Classic, 2005 Players Championship

Career Summary

1988 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 2; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0; money $1,552 (ranked 286th); best finish 73rd, Kemper Open.

1989 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.53 (ranked 132nd); money $59,695 (ranked 157th); best finish T3rd, Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.27 (ranked 101st); money $179,346 (ranked 91st); best finish T3rd, Chattanooga Classic.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.18 (ranked 96th); money $226,915 (ranked 73rdth); best finish T4th, Deposit Guaranty Classic.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 24; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.07 (ranked T76th); money $416,930 (ranked 34th); winner Shell Houston Open.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 34; in money - 24; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.86 (ranked 57th); money $309,435 (ranked 56th); best finish T6th, Federal Express St. Jude Classic and Buick Open.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.90 (ranked T57th); money $281,905 (ranked 67th); best finish T6th, New England Classic.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 26; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.71 (ranked T51st); money $717,232 (ranked 26th); winner, Ideon Classic and Buick Challenge.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.51 (ranked 29th); money $814,334 (ranked 21st); winner, B.C. Open.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 33; in money - 25; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 70.72 (ranked T58th); money $544,419 (ranked 38th); best finish T3rd, in NEC World Series of Golf.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 25; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.34 (ranked 29th); money $1,121,988 (ranked 23rd); winner, Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 34; in money - 27; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.13 (ranked 14th); money $1,638,881 (ranked 16th); best finish 2nd, Air Canada Championship, B.C. Open, T2nd, MasterCard Colonial.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; rounds played - 109 ; in money -24; top-10 finishes - 4; money $827,691 (ranked 58th); best finish T4th at the National Car Rental Golf Classic/Disney.

2000 Stats
Scoring - 70.79 / (52nd); driving distance - 266.6 / (162nd); driving accuracy -79.7% / (1st); GIR - 69.0% / (28th); putting - 1.780 / (104th); birdie average - 3.52 per rd / (86th) / total birdies - 384; sand saves - 53.4% / (111th); scrambling - 62.1% / (33rd); all-around rank - 639 / (63rd).

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 33; rounds played - 117 ; in money -27; top-10 finishes - 4; money $1,237,004 (ranked 43rd); best finish 3rd at the Air Canada Championship and Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

2001 Stats
Scoring - 70.40 / (32nd); driving distance - 272.1 / (165th); driving accuracy -77.2% / (3rd); GIR - 68.2% / (50); putting - 1.775 / (102nd); birdie average - 3.69 per rd / (73rd) / total birdies - 432; sand saves - 54.1% / (75th); scrambling - 64.7% / (13th); all-around rank - 634 / (68th).

2002 Notes
Sounds hard to believe but the 29 events he played in was his lowest attendance year since 1990. Had seven top-10 finishes.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; rounds played - 106 ; in money -24; top-10 finishes - 7; money $2,383,071 (ranked 13th); best finish T-2nd at the Buick Open, NEC Invitational and Valero Texas Open

2002 Stats
Scoring - 69.99 / (9th); driving distance - 273.0 / (163rd); driving accuracy -81.2% / (1st); GIR - 71.1% / (5th); putting - 1.742 / (25th); birdie average - 4.13 per rd / (5th) / total birdies - 438; sand saves - 54.8% / (40th); all-around rank - 385 / (10th).

2003 Notes
12 top-25 finishes.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 33; Rounds Played - 109; in money - 25; top -10 Finishes - 9; money $2,144,653 Rank (27th); Best finish: T-2nd at the FBR Capital Open

2003 Stats
Scoring - 70.08 / (18th); Driving Distance - 274.1 / (178th); Driving Accuracy - 77.9% / (1st); GIR - 67.2% / (57th); Putting - 1.778 / (102nd); Birdie Average - 3.61 per rd / (95th) / Total Birdies - 393; Sand Saves - 51.2% / (77th); All-Around Rank - 674 / (71st).

2004 Notes
Finished in the top 30 (No. 25) on the PGA TOUR money list for the third straight season and went over the $2-million mark for the third consecutive year

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; Rounds Played - 96; in money - 20; top -10 Finishes - 6; money $2,103,731 Rank (25th); Best finish: Win at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic

2004 Stats
Scoring - 70.45 / (31st); Driving Distance - 271.9 / (192nd); Driving Accuracy - 77.2% / (1st); GIR - 65.5% / (86th); Putting - 1.769 / (70th); Birdie Average - 3.52 per rd / (99th) / Total Birdies - 338; Sand Saves - 54.6% / (28th); All-Around Rank - 629 / (55th).

2005 Notes
Earned a career-best $2,830,046 and won in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1995-96 seasons.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; Rounds Played - 101; in money - 180; top -10 Finishes - 3; money $2,830,046 Rank (11th); Best finish: Win at The Players Championship

2005 Stats
Scoring - 70.38 / (29th); Driving Distance - 270.0 / (197); Driving Accuracy - 75.9% / (2nd); GIR - 66.2% / (67th); Putting - 1.804 / (168th); Birdie Average - 3.08 per rd / (183rd) / Total Birdies - 311; Sand Saves - 52.1% / (66th); All-Around Rank - 898 / (140th).

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