Funk wins Tradition major

Fred Funk won the Jeld-Wen Tradition for the second time in three years, closing with a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu in the fourth of the Champions Tour’s five majors.

Fred Funk hits out of a sand trap on the 18th hole during third round of The Tradition golf tournament  in Sunriver

Fred Funk hits out of a sand trap on the 18th hole during third round of The Tradition golf tournament in Sunriver

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Fred Funk won the Jeld-Wen Tradition for the second time in three years, closing with a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu in the fourth of the Champions Tour’s five majors.

Funk took the lead for good with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 598-yard, par-5 16th, then two-putted from 40 feet for par at 18 to finish at 12-under 276 on the Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Golf Club course.

Allen shot a 67, and Lu had a 69.

Eight players were tied or had the outright lead at some point on the back nine. When the final group had five holes left, 12 players were within two strokes.

Funk, who won the third Champions major of his career, began the round two strokes behind third-round leader Tom Lehman. Funk was in contention throughout the day, at one point making seven consecutive pars before his birdie at 16.

Funk’s 276 total is the highest winning score in the Tradition since 2002, when Jim Thorpe won at Desert Mountain at 11-under 277.

Lu had a chance to tie Funk at 18, narrowly missing a 40-foot chip shot for birdie. Allen reached 12 under after a birdie at 15, but gave a stroke back with a bogey at 16.

Lehman (73) and Mark Calcavecchia (66) tied for fourth at 10 under.


Eger wins Seaforth Country Classic

SEAFORTH, Ont. — Regina’s Kent Eger shot a final round of 6-under 65 Sunday and won the Canadian Tour’s Economical Insurance Groups Seaforth Country Classic by two strokes.

Eger had birdies on four of his last five holes, including a clutch 45-foot putt on the 15th hole, to finish the tournament at 20-under 264, two shots clear of New Zealand’s Josh Geary (64). Cesar Coello of Mexico (66) and American Tom Glissmeyer (67) finished third, three shots back.

It’s Eger’s second win in the three-year history of the Seaforth Country Classic.

“I just really enjoy playing here,” Eger said. “I sort of tweaked my attitude coming into this week. It seems I’ve played frustrated for the past year and a half. Now I’m just trying to stay out of my own way. It seems to be working.”