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Funk wins Tradition, third major tourney

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

SUNRIVER, Ore. -- Fred Funk won the Jeld-Wen Tradition for the second time in three years, closing with a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu in the fourth of the Champions Tour's five majors.

Funk took the lead for good with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 598-yard, par-5 16th, then two-putted from 40 feet for par at 18 to finish at 12-under 276 on the Sunriver Resort's Crosswater Golf Club course.

Allen shot a 67, and Lu had a 69.

Eight players were tied or had the outright lead at some point on the back nine.

When the final group had five holes left, 12 players were within two strokes.

Funk, who won the third Champions major of his career, began the round two strokes behind third-round leader Tom Lehman. Funk was in contention throughout the day, at one point making seven consecutive pars before his birdie at 16.

Funk's 276 total is the highest winning score in the Tradition since 2002, when Jim Thorpe won at Desert Mountain at 11-under 277.

Bernard Langer, attempting to become the second player in Champions Tour history to win three consecutive majors, shot a 73 to tie for 10th at 8 under.

PGA Tour: Arjun Atwal became the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour in 24 years and the first Indian-born champion, shooting a 3-under 67 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship.

Atwal finished at 20-under 260 and earned $918,000. Fred Wadsworth was the last Monday qualifier to win, accomplishing the feat in the 1986 Southern Open.

David Toms (64) was second, and John Mallinger and Michael Sim shot 62s to match John Rollins (65) and Justin Leonard (65) at 18 under.

LPGA Tour: Ai Miyazato reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings, winning the LPGA Safeway Classic for her fifth victory of the year.

The Japanese star closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 11 under, two strokes in front of Cristie Kerr, ranked No. 1 going into the event, and Na Yeon Choi.