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Fred Funk won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2005
Fred Funk wins the 2005 PLAYERS Championship
The 32nd edition of THE PLAYERS Championship proved to be a war of attrition for many of the game’s best as Fred Funk fought his way to the biggest win of his career.
In arguably the toughest round ever to take place at TPC Sawgrass, Fred Funk, aged 48, held his nerve amidst the conditions to claim a one-stroke victory.
With the wind reaching speeds of up to 35mph and flagsticks swaying relentlessly from left to right, Funk was forced to complete 32 holes on the seventh Monday finish in tournament history. After play was suspended on Sunday due to rain, competitors were met by nasty winds on Monday morning.
As brutal as conditions were, many paid dearly. Bob Tway was only four shots out of the lead late in the third round when he dumped four balls into the water on the island-green 17th and took a 12, the highest score ever on the infamous par 3.
The lead changed hands four times in the first four holes of the final round, giving fans an indication that they were in for an exciting finish. Despite taking a two-shot lead, Funk’s putting woes proved costly as consecutive three-putt bogeys saw him lose his lead.
On 16, Funk made a bold 3-iron shot from 234 yards on the par 5. Getting to within 20 feet, Funk sunk his birdie putt to take the narrowest of leads. Funk sealed the victory on 18 with a 5-foot par putt. Overnight leader Luke Donald shot a final-round 76 for a share of second place alongside Tom Lehman and Scott Verplank.
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