THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Fred Funk’s game is rounding into form just in time for the thick of the Champions Tour season.
He wouldn’t mind kick-starting his summer with a victory in early May, either.
Funk shot 3-under-par 69 Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Tom Lehman in the Insperity Championship.
“I’m playing really good. I’m really pleased with where I am,” Funk said. “I’m doing all the stuff I need to do. I’m really excited about where I am, regardless of what happens (Sunday), with all the big stuff coming up.”
Lehman followed his opening 65 with 70 to match Funk at 9-under 135 on The Tournament Course at The Woodlands. Funk is seeking his first Champions Tour win since the 2010 Tradition and he can tack on a unique distinction along with it.
Funk won the 1992 Houston Open on this course, and he can become the first player to win a regular tour event and a Champions Tour title at the same place since Tom Watson won the 1980 British Open and the 2007 Senior British Open at Muirfield.
Funk has only one top-10 finish in five Champions Tour starts this year. He also has missed the cuts in two of four starts on the regular tour.
“It’s fun to be back in contention and be in the mix,” Funk said. “I just want to be in the mix.”
The main attraction Saturday was the grouping of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino in an exhibition run in conjunction with the tournament itself.
Palmer curled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole, prompting a roar from the massive gallery.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Seville, Spain, England’s Simon Dyson closed with a double bogey for 1-under-par 71 but still has a one-stroke lead after the third round of the 100th Spanish Open.
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal (69) and Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (71) are tied for second.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Athens, Ga., Tyrone Van Aswegen fired 6-under-par 65 and moved into first place in the Stadion Classic at UGA. Van Aswegen is at 13-under 200, one better than Bio Kim (64), Woody Austin (66) and second-round co-leader Billy Horschel (69).
Aiken native Matt Hendrix (70) is nine back.