Champions Tour event is won by Fred Funk

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Fred Funk birdied the final hole to edge Tom Lehman and win the Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship on Sunday.


Tied with one hole left, Funk hit his approach on No. 18 to 2 feet. Lehman missed his birdie putt, and Funk tapped in for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour first since 2010. He finished with 5-under-par 67 for a 14-under 202 total.

Lehman, the Champions Tour’s player of the year in 2011, closed with 68.

Season points leader Michael Allen, who was going for his third consecutive win, finished five shots back after 71.

The 55-year-old Funk added one more good memory at the Woodlands Country Club, where he won the Houston Open in 1992 for his first win on thePGA Tour.

He met his second wife, Sharon, at a post-tournament event that year and Sharon was the first to run onto the green and congratulate him Sunday.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Athens, Ga., former Georgia golfer Hudson Swafford birdied the final three holes to hold off Lee Janzen and win the Stadion Classic at UGA.

Swafford closed with 9-under-par 62 at the University of Georgia Golf Course, which is the Bulldogs’ home course.

He finished at 17-under 267 for a one-shot victory over Janzen and Luke List.

Swafford, whose best finish in seven previous starts this season had been a tie for 16th place, won $99,000.

Hudson’s 6-under 30 on the back nine was not the best back-nine of the day. That belonged to Janzen, the former U.S. Open champion. He shot 29, closing out his round with five consecutive birdies. He finished with 65.

Janzen tied for second place with List, who also shot 65, but missed out on a spot in a playoff with Swafford when he bogeyed the 18th hole.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix closed with 71 to tie for 42nd place at 280.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Seville, Spain, Francesco Molinari shot 7-under-par 65 to win the Spanish Open by three strokes, the first Italian to capture the European Tour event.

Molinari finished at 8-under 280 in the 100th edition of the tournament for his third victory on the tour. He entered the final round four strokes behind leader England’s Simon Dyson, who shot 76 and tied for 12th place.

Molinari was followed by Spaniards Pablo Larrazabal (71) and Alejandro Canizares (69) and Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (69).

LPGA TOUR: In Rio De Janeiro, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum won the LPGA Tour’s Brazil Cup exhibition event, closing with a bogey-free 6-under-par 67 for a four-stroke victory over Taiwan’s Amy Hung.

Phatlum finished at 13-under 133 in the two-day, 30-player tournament at Itanhanga Golf Club. She had five birdies on the front nine to pull away.



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