Fred Funk (Media Center)


By USGA
July 15, 2012

 

THE MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, Fred Funk has joined us in the Media Center.  Fred is the 2009 Senior Open Champion.  He's the 2008 runner‑up.  Posted final round 3 under today, 8 for the championship.

Fred, another top ten finish.  What a great round today.  Great charge.

FRED FUNK:  It was fun to get in the mix.  I didn't really expect Bernhard to come backwards.  I saw he was 2 over pretty early, I think after his first four.  Well, now we got a game on.

So I was playing pretty solid, gave myself some chances.  I made some great saves there in the middle of the round.

Then 8 I left one dead short from where I needed to have it.  15 was a big one, where I had an easy putt straight up the hill, and I pulled it.

Overall, it was great.  Roger played awesome.  He's a great guy, great golf swing.  It was just fun to get in it.

THE MODERATOR:  Questions for Fred?

Q.  Fred, I believe it was the first nine, I guess it was, on the second round.  How much is that haunting youFRED FUNK:  That was huge.  That was my back nine, and I was 4 under for the day through 11, which was the second hole, and then I played the next seven 5 over and just played horrendous.

 It was more my driver.  I just started ‑‑ I was fighting the driver going left.  That night I was staying over at Oakhurst, and I went out that night, and I've been carrying about four or five different shafts, and I found a shaft ‑‑ I don't even know where it came from.  I know I used it before, but I don't know what the header was in.  It was a little shorter and quite a bit stiffer.  I put it in, and it tended to go left.  I put the same head on that shaft and just drove the ball great the last two days.  Actually hit it further because it rolls a lot longer.

I got rid of that left shot.  That shot killed me.  I hit it in the hay three times in a row with that and then hit it out of bounds with a 3 iron on 9, just trying to lay up out there.

I've hit four balls in my life on Tour like that, and that was my fourth.  I just couldn't believe it.  That was just icing on the cake, more like shit on the cake.  It was a shit cake, and then I had shit icing.  Can you print that?

Q.  Fred, you know I'm going to print that.

 FRED FUNK:  I know you will.

Q.  Talk about the putt at 18, what you saw, and what you hit in there too.

FRED FUNK:  I hit a 7 iron in.  All day the greens have been releasing a lot, and that one had a really soft ball mark.  If it rolled just another three feet, it was going to roll down right to the hole, but it didn't.

For some reason, that green was a lot softer than the other ones.  But I hit a really good shot.  The putt just broke a ton.  We played a big break, and it broke even more.

It wasn't even close really.  I mean, I knew it was low.  Got about halfway there, and I looked up.  When I looked up, it was halfway there.  It was already even with the hole, and I knew it was slow.

That's a diabolical green.  It's more like four greens in one.  It's pretty tough.

I knew I needed that putt.  I didn't realize Roger ‑‑ I knew he bogeyed 16 to go back to 9 because everybody reacted, and I looked up at the board.  He must have made a great birdie on 17.  That's a nice little cushion he had there.

THE MODERATOR:  Great charge today, Fred.  Thanks very much.

FRED FUNK:  Thanks, guys.  By the way, it's a great golf course.  I thought it was a great championship and a really great golf course.  It was just fun to play.  It was a great week.  So thanks.

           


 

 

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