Archive for Sunday, November 27, 2005

Funk bags $225,000 at Skins Game

Woods pockets $75,000; Couples, Sorenstam shut out

November 27, 2005

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— He who wears the skirt laughs last.

Proving that he's one of the best sports around, Fred Funk wore a pink flowered skirt for the third hole of the Skins Game on Saturday, his penalty for being outdriven by Annika Sorenstam.

Funk then ended one of the silliest front nines ever by sinking a 25-foot eagle putt from the fringe to win $225,000 and six skins.

"It was beyond expectations," said the 49-year-old Funk, who was making his Skins Game debut. "I was a nervous wreck on one, then I had to pull the skirt out on three, and that was a lot of fun. It was just an unbelievable front nine."

Tiger Woods was the only other member of the foursome to cash in during the first nine holes at Trilogy Golf Course, winning three skins and $75,000 on No. 3, the hole that had everyone laughing. Sorentsam and Fred Couples were shut out.

"I know he had the skirt on, but I don't know if he had a thong on underneath there," Woods said. "It certainly was good."

Woods ignited a battle of the sexes by telling Funk that he'd never hear the end of it if Sorenstam outdrove him even once during the Skins Game.

Funk, known for his short but straight tee shots, told Sorenstam a few weeks ago that he'd wear the skirt for an entire hole if she outdrove him. He just didn't imagine having to wear it so early.

After coming close on the first two holes, Sorenstam outdrove Funk by seven yards on the par-5 No. 3. Because of the angle, Funk's ball technically was closer to the hole. But Sorenstam's ball had sailed 278 yards off the tee and Funk's 271 yards.

"I hit it right into the hill; it just didn't roll anywhere," Funk said.

Sorenstam pulled the skirt out of her bag, and the easygoing Funk gamely pulled it on over his pants.

"It's Funky's idea," said Sorenstam, who's coming off a 10-win season on the LPGA Tour.

Funk got his payback when he kept Sorenstam from winning $75,000 on the par-3 No. 6.

Sorenstam drove the flag and her ball landed two feet from the hole, seemingly a gimme for the cash. After she watched Woods and Couples fail to make birdie, Funk rammed home a 20-foot birdie putt. Sorenstam took the ball out of the cup and threw it into an adjoining lake, and three fans jumped in and went swimming after it. Sorenstam then made her putt to halve the hole.

After two more skins carried over, Funk made his big putt on No. 9.

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