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Fred Funk blew away Greg Norman and the rest of the US Senior Open field at Crooked Stick to win his second major.

Fred Funk blew away Greg Norman and the rest of the field in Sunday’s final round of the US Senior Open at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana, to win his second major going away.
Funk, who won his first seniors major last year when he took the Jeld-Wen Tradition title, had come close to a second last week at Sunningdale when he lost a play-off to fellow American Loren Roberts at the Senior British Open.
But nothing was going to stop him winning this time and claiming his first United States Golf Association National Open championship.
Having started the day with a one-stroke lead over Australian Norman and American Joey Sindelar, the 53-year-old shot a bogey-free seven-under-par 65, a birdie at the final hole taking him to 20 under for the tournament and to victory by all of six shots.
Sindelar was second at 14 under following a 70, with American Ross Cochran third at 12 under. Norman returned a one-over 73 to share fourth place at 11 under with Roberts, who closed with the low round of the day, a 64.
Funk said: “I didn’t really dream of being able to come these last finishing holes with a nice little walk but I just kept playing with caution, make a couple of pars and keep my round going and I just kept making birdies.
“When I got in trouble I got out of trouble and it turned out to be a great day for me.”
Asked to rank this victory alongside last year’s senior major and his 2005 win at The Players Championship on the PGA Tour, Funk said: “It probably ties for first.
“I’m going to put the Players right there with it. This might be a notch higher because it is a national championship.
“The only reason I put the Players that close is because of the strength of the field and it’s my new hometown and living there is pretty cool and the history of that.
“But this is big. Plus it was a qualifier for Pebble Beach next year (the 2010 US Open), so it’s nice to know that I’m in that now.
“If it was Bethpage (this year’s US Open venue), I would probably not go,” he joked. “I would just say ‘no thank you’.”
Norman, playing with Funk, never got his final round going, a double bogey at the par-three sixth and bogey at the par-four seventh putting paid to his prospects early, followed by four birdies and another bogey.
“Freddy played great today, and I played poor,” Norman said. “He really deserved to win. He really played well.
“I don’t really want to review my round, no. Just wasn’t good. The middle patch wasn’t good.
“Nothing was going my way. I was out of energy and the momentum – not physically out of energy, but the momentum wasn’t on my side and things weren’t happening for me.
“No matter what I did, always seemed like it was the wrong thing instead of the right thing, and I just couldn’t turn the corner on it, you know, that was it.
“Freddy kept making birdies and that was the end of that.”
Defending champion Eduardo Romero of Argentina posted a 72 to finish in a tie for 19th at three under while Germany’s Bernhard Langer (69) and Ian Woosnam of Wales each took a share of 22nd place at two under. Open Championship runner-up Tom Watson finished at two over par.
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 72):

268 Fred Funk 68 67 68 65
274 Joey Sindelar 66 68 70 70
276 Russ Cochran 72 72 64 68
277 Loren Roberts 68 71 74 64, Greg Norman 66 70 68 73
279 Mark O’Meara 70 69 68 72, Scott Simpson 68 72 68 71
280 Robin Freeman 70 68 71 71, Tom Lehman 68 70 72 70
281 Olin Browne 72 75 68 66
282 Brad Bryant 68 71 71 72, Tim Jackson 66 67 73 76
283 Andy Bean 67 74 75 67, Dan Forsman 66 71 71 75, Jay Haas 70 70 71 72
284 Bruce Vaughan 68 70 71 75, Jeff Sluman 69 74 71 70, Larry Mize 73 73 71 67
285 John Cook 73 69 72 71, Bryan Norton 73 73 69 70, Eduardo Romero (Arg) 73 70 70 72
286 Steve Haskins 73 70 69 74, Bernhard Langer (Ger) 73 71 73 69, Mark Wiebe 70 71 72 73, Ian Woosnam (Wal) 72 72 74 68, Joe Ozaki (Jpn) 71 71 76 68, Bob Tway 70 69 74 73
287 David Edwards 72 74 71 70, Gil Morgan 75 69 74 69, Gene Jones 72 75 70 70, Jerry Courville 71 73 74 69
288 Jim Thorpe 71 69 74 74, Tom Jenkins 73 73 70 72, Hale Irwin 78 67 70 73, Ronnie Black 73 73 70 72
289 Fulton Allem (Rsa) 67 76 76 70, R.W. Eaks 72 69 74 74, Craig Stadler 75 72 71 71, Mike Reid 73 71 73 72, Mike Goodes 70 70 75 74, Mark McNulty (Irl) 73 73 72 71, Tim Simpson 70 72 72 75
290 Tom Watson 71 72 75 72, Keith Fergus 73 72 69 76, David Eger 71 70 74 75, Bob Gilder 71 71 75 73
291 Don Pooley 71 71 75 74, Bobby Wadkins 71 75 72 73
292 Bruce Fleisher 74 73 71 74, John Ross 74 70 73 75, Hal Sutton 73 74 72 73
293 Denis Watson (Zim) 72 73 77 71, Chip Beck 74 71 75 73, Tsukasa Watanabe (Jpn) 71 74 76 72
294 Bruce Lietzke 75 72 76 71
295 John Harris 68 75 75 77, Dana Quigley 71 75 74 75
296 Jim Woodward 75 72 74 75, Steve Thomas 73 73 78 72
297 Bert Atkinson 72 75 78 72
301 Graham Banister 72 75 73 81
310 Kevin Marion 75 72 85 78

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