September 18 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Fred Funk, 57, will return to the PGA TOUR for the 2013-14 season. The 2005 THE PLAYERS Champion will use a career-money list exemption to compete in the upcoming season. The eight-time TOUR winner is 37th on the career money list.
Funk will play the season’s first event, the Frys.com Open, on Oct. 7-13 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., as well as the McGladrey Classic on Nov. 4-10 in St. Simons Island, Ga., and OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Nov. 11-17 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Mayakoba was site of his last PGA TOUR victory, in 2007. He was 50 years, 8 months, 11 days old when he won that event, the fifth-oldest winner in TOUR history. Sam Snead was 52 years, 10 months, 8 days when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.
Funk, an eight-time winner on the Champions Tour, also will play the first full-field event of 2014, the Sony Open in Hawaii, on Jan. 6-12 in Honolulu. Funk’s last career top-10 came at the 2008 Sony Open. He will assess the remainder of his schedule after those events, a representative with his management company, Icon Sports, said.
Funk has five top-10s in 20 starts on the Champions Tour in 20 starts in 2013, finishing second in two events, including the U.S. Senior Open. He also played this year’s Sony Open in Hawaii, missing the cut by a shot after shooting 70-69.