Lehman, Funk share 2nd-round lead in Houston

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — 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 a 3-under 69 in sweltering heat 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 a 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."

Lehman and Funk played together Saturday and were never separated by more than one shot on the leaderboard. Lehman made three bogeys on his back nine, but moved back to 9 under with a birdie on No. 17.

"You have birdie holes out here, but there's a lot of good holes, too, where you can get in trouble," Lehman said.

Mike Goodes and Brad Bryant were one shot back. Goodes had a 67, and Brad Bryant shot a 68.

Goodes made four straight birdies on the back nine. He was 10-under par heading into the last hole, but he dunked his 7-iron approach in the water and took a double bogey. The 55-year-old Goodes is seeking his first victory since 2009.



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