Fred Funk proved Saturday that he's capable of making up ground at Canterbury. (Martin/Getty Images)
Wild ride leaves Funk pondering what might have been
Four birdies in a five-hole stretch Saturday boosted Fred Funk to a front-nine 30 that put him a shot off the lead. But instead of threatening to shoot 59, Funk ended his day upset with his finish.
By Craig Dolch, Special to PGA.com
BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- When Fred Funk rattled off four birdies in a five-hole stretch, not only did he shoot a 30 on Canterbury's front nine, but he moved within a shot of the lead in Saturday's third round of the Senior PGA Championship.
Any chance of Funk breaking 60 ended when he parred the next six holes, and then his hopes of winning the Senior PGA also took a big hit when he bogeyed the last three holes. He settled for a 1-under 69 that left him four shots behind in 10th place.
"I had myself right where I needed to be and I just let it go, and that's just disappointing," Funk said. "I felt it coming yesterday and sure enough it was there and I couldn't wait to get on the golf course. I played very good, and then all of a sudden I just kept hitting it in the rough and I missed one little putt (at No. 17)."
Even though he shot a 30 on the front nine, Funk said he never envisioned shooting a 59, and not just because Canterbury's nines play to pars of 34 and 36.
"That thought never crossed my mind," Funk said. "Not on this golf course."
But Funk proved Saturday he's capable of making up ground. He started the day six shots back and was within one before his late wobble. And he's not the only player who struggled over the final holes Saturday.
"You can get it going, but you've got to keep it going," he said. "And I didn't keep it going."