Round 4 Notes: U.S. Senior Open Championship

August 02, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

CARMEL, Ind. -- Here is the final 2009 U.S. Senior Open leaderboard:

1. Fred Funk (-20) 2. Joey Sindelar (-14) 3. Russ Cochran (-12) T4. Loren Roberts & Greg Norman (-11) T6. Scott Simpson & Mark O'Meara (-9)

• With his victory, Funk claims his fifth Champions Tour title and earns a check for $470,000, the largest of his Champions Tour career. It marks the fourth consecutive year he has won at least one title on the Champions Tour and it is also his second major championship on this Tour. He also won the 2008 JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon.

• The win also earns Funk 940 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition and moves him into first place in that race with 1,833 points. Bernhard Langer remains in second place with 1,615 points followed by Roberts with 1,455 points. Sindelar moves into fourth place with 1,086 points thanks to his second-place finish and Larry Mize is fifth with 889 points. Langer had led in that category since the start of the season. At the end of the official season, the player earning the most points will receive a $1-million payout from Charles Schwab. Additional payouts will also be made to players finishing second through fifth.

• With his win, Funk increases his 2009 earnings to $1,190,641 and moves into second place on the current money list behind Bernhard Langer with $1,619,690. Roberts is third with $1,129,486. Funk has now earned $25,321,433 in his career (PGA TOUR/Champions Tour).

• Funk continued to be a good frontrunner when leading heading into the final round on the Champions Tour. In the five times he has led an event heading into the final round, Funk has won four of five. In addition to his victory here, he claimed titles at the 2006 AT&T Championship, the 2007 Turtle Bay Championship and the 2008 JELD-WEN Tradition. His only blemish came at this year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open when he finished T2.

• Funk has been stellar in major championships on the Champions Tour in the last three years. His victory at Crooked Stick marked the seventh consecutive time he has finished in the top five in a major championship on the Champions Tour. During that time he has earned $1,772,400 or $253,200 per start.

• The victory also earns Funk an exemption into the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

• With four consecutive rounds in the 60s, Funk was the only player to have done that in this tournament. Funk has posted rounds in the 60s in eight of his last nine starts.

• Funk's 72-hole total of 20-under-par 268 was just one shy of the U.S. Senior Open 72-hole scoring record of 267 (on par-71 course) by Hale Irwin at the 2000 event at Saucon Valley CC. However, Funk's total of 20-under-par set a new standard for most strokes under par for 72 holes, breaking Irwin's mark of 17-under in 2000.

• Funk's 20-under-par total was the most strokes under par in a USGA event. The previous mark was 17-under-par by Irwin in 2000.

• Funk's six-stroke victory matched the largest winning margin on the Champions Tour this year. Langer won by six strokes at the Triton Financial Classic.

• Sindelar's second-place finish was his best finish since a T2 at the Toshiba Classic in March. It was his seventh top-10 finish of the season and his $280,000 check was his largest on the Champions Tour. It increased his 2009 earnings to $996,589.

• Norman's T4 finish marked the third straight time he had finished fourth in this event. He also did so in 2005 and 2008.

• Amateur Tim Jackson finished T11, the best showing by an amateur this year. The 36-hole leader, Jackson shot rounds of 73-76 on the weekend. Jackson's 72-hole total of 6-under-par 282 was the lowest score ever by an amateur in this event, breaking the old mark of 288 by George Reynolds and George Zahringer in 2005. Jackson's finish also earns him a berth in next year's U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee CC in Sammamish, WA, as the highest finishing amateur player.

• Former PGA Tour player Robin Freeman enjoyed a successful debut in his first start on the Champions Tour after turning 50 on May 7th. Freeman finished T8 and earned $69,762. Steve Haskins, a long-time Nationwide Tour player and the son of former UTEP basketball coach Don Haskins, finished T22 in his first Champions Tour start.

• Cochran's third-place finish was the best of his Champions Tour career and he won $175,152 for his effort. After successive rounds of 72 to start, Cochran bounced back with rounds of 64-68 on the weekend. Cochran's finish will certainly pay dividends in the Champions Tour reshuffle which will begin at the Boeing Classic. He has now earned $280,945 for the year.

• Jackson wasn't the only amateur in the field to turn in a strong performance. Bryan Norton, an insurance broker from Mission Hills, KS, posted rounds of 69-70 on the weekend to finish T19. Norton had started the third round T48.

• Roberts flirted with the scoring record on Sunday, reaching 9-under-par at one point with five holes remaining, but played his final five holes at 1-over-par to finish with an 8-under-par 64. He finished T4 with Norman.

• Defending champion Eduardo Romero finished T19 in defense of his title.

• The Champions Tour will play its third consecutive major championship in two weeks when it competes at the JELD-WEN Tradition in Sunriver, OR. Funk is the defending champion in the tournament which will be staged at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort.

• The 2010 U.S. Senior Open is slated for the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, WA. The event will run from July 26-August 1.