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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Fred Funk
This week's event in Arizona boasts the best field since the PGA Tour was put on pause, and is headlined by its 2017 champion and the 70th-ranked player in the world, Joel Dahmen.
Viktor Hovland may be unfamiliar with several courses the PGA Tour stops at, but not this week's in Mexico, which bodes well for his chances of returning value in DFS contests on DraftKings.
Sergio Garcia was hot in February and has a long track record of success in this event, so he will be a golfer to target in this week's contests on DraftKings.
Si Woo Kim has three top-25 finishes this fall and has played well in this event, making him a pick to click in this week's contests on DraftKings.
Chez Reavie joins Rickie Fowler, Pat Perez and Chesson Hadley in Len Hochberg's top plays for DraftKings this weekend.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Fred Funk might be the only player on the tour who's nickname will change each year. This year, he'll be referred to as "51 year-old Fred Funk". Funk shocked the golfing world last year when he won the Mayakoba golf Classic at the age of 50. It should be mentioned however that the field at that event was probably the weakest field the PGA Tour has ever seen. Funk did however play well at a full field event later in the season. His days on the PGA tour are numbered though, and now that he's splitting time between the PGA and Champions Tour, expect his numbers to drop even further. In mid-May '08 Funk had right knee arthroscopic surgery which will keep him out for anywhere from four to eight weeks depending on pace of recovery.
The worry about Funk entering 2006 was his commitment to the PGA Tour once he turned 50. Well, it really isn't a worry anymore. Funk has made it well known that he plans to play on the PGA Tour as long as he can. How long he can is now the question. At 48th on the 2006 money list, Funk was well within the boundaries for keeping his card for 2007. He is slipping, however. The $1.6 million he earned last year was his lowest total since 2001. This from a player who was consistently above $2 million each year from 2002-2005. There's no tip-toeing around it. Funk is getting older. He will turn 51 this year and his game will inevitably start to fail him. He's consistently being out-driven by nearly everyone on tour and his accuracy off the tee will only keep him hanging on for so long. Funk is too solid of a player to simply crash and burn, but the slow fade will continue this year.
When will Fred Funk slow? He showed sings of slowing toward the season's end last year, but still earned $2.8 million. Half came from the The Players Championship, however. I think $2.8 million is a little too much to pay for Funk this year. Funk is a solid player, but the upside to paying $2.8 million for Funk just isn't there. He won the biggest purse last year at the Players Championship and still could not crack $3 million. I don't like his chances of cracking that barrier this year when he doesn't win the Players Championship.
Funk made over $2.1 million for the third straight year in 2004 (and made the Ryder Cup team as well), proof that slow and steady can still win the race. He could fall off at any time now that he's 48, though, and he doesn't have a tremendous upside because of his lack of length off the tee, but there's a lot to be said for keeping the ball in play, something Funk is excellent at. Look for him to approach $2 million again in 2005.
After pulling in $2.3 million in 2002, Funk pulled in more than $2.1 million in 2003. We think the slow downward trend continues in 2004. How much will he fall? Probably not that much, this guy keeps it in play and hits greens.
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Funk finished 30th this week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Funk, playing in the Major medical Extension category, missed the cut at the RBC Heritage.
Funk shot 76-73=149, missed the cut at the Honda Classic.
Former champ Funk, playing in the Major Medical Extension category, tied for 49th at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Funk will begin the season on a medical exemption due to surgery on his thumb in 2011.