Originally created 11/27/05

Golf roundup



LA QUINTA, Calif. - 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 made 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.

"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 event.

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.

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 sailed 278 yards off the tee, while Funk's flew 271 yards.

"It's Funky's idea," said Sorenstam, who's coming off a 10-win season on the LPGA Tour. "I thought it was a great idea. I said, 'I'm in, I'm cool.' It was just a matter of when. I was hoping it would be sooner rather than later. It was kind of heavy for my caddie to carry."

The final nine holes of the made-for-TV tournament will be played today, with $700,000 up for grabs.

CHINA OPEN: In Shenzhen, former Augusta State All-American Oliver Wilson is one shot off the lead after three rounds of the event, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

Wilson, who had 1-under-par 71, trails England's Ross Fisher, who had 68. Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol (74) is also a shot off the lead.

Fisher is at 11-under 205 total on the Shenzhen Golf Club course.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: In Fingal, Australia's Robert Allenby increased his lead to five strokes despite a painful right hand injury that might force him to withdraw from the Australasian Tour event.

Allenby, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, said the hand really started to alter his game on the last three holes, when he needed treatment from a physiotherapist as he walked up the 17th fairway.

He parred No. 17 and birdied the 18th for his second consecutive even-par 72 and a 9-under 207 total.

Australia's Paul Sheehan (72) was second at 4-under, and two-time champion Aaron Baddeley (73) and Nick O'Hern (71) were 3-under.

CASIO WORLD OPEN: In Kochi, Japan, Japan's Toru Taniguchi shot 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round on the Japanese Tour.

Taniguchi has an 8-under 208 total. South Korea's Kim Jong Duck (68 on Saturday) is in second place.