Fred Funk Leads After Day One of the Ally Challenge

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Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI — August 26, 2022

It seems fitting that as Mark Farner, former lead singer for the band “Grand Funk Railroad,” performs tonight in the Concert at 17, Fred Funk sits atop the leaderboard after Day One of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren.

A new addition to the entertainment lineup for the PGA Tour Champions tournament held annually at Warwick Hills, The Concert at 17 proved wildly popular. For Fred Funk, his game has been in a bit of a funk. His last individual PGA Tour Champions victory was 10 years ago. However, his score of 65 was the first time he has shot his age (66) in a competitive round.

“It’s the first time I shot my age or broke my age in competition, so that was really cool,” Funk said. “I’ve done it a couple of times for fun, but I always wanted to do one out here. It feels good to finally break that one.”

“It was kind of a magical day,” Funk went on to say. “Pretty amazing because I haven’t had a round in the 60s, I can’t even remember when. It’s been a long time. I’ve been playing a little better recently.”

Strange Names Atop the Leaderboard

As Fred played better today, he sucked the life out of the golfers expected to contend for the win, who fared rather poorly. Woody Austin, Brett Quigly, and Stephen Ames are tied for second at six-under-par. Who? Scott Parel sits alone in fifth at minus five.

Defending Ally Challenger champion, Joe Durant, fired a three-under 69 to tie for 19th.

Ally Challenge defending champion Joe Durant / Lasco Press Photo

Ernie Els and Padraig fared a stoke better to card four-under 66s.

Ernie Els / Lasco Press Photo

Former winners 2018 Champion Paul Broadhurst(-3), 2019-Jerry Kelly(-2), and 2020-Jim Furyk(-3) are still in contention but will have to pick up their game to gain on Funk.

Paul Broadhurst / Lasco Press Photo

Other Notables

Steve Stricker and Bernhard Langer are at two-under. Corey Pavin sits at even par. John Daly and Mark O’Mera carded one-over 73s. David Duval is dead last after posting a score of 77, five over par.

Bernhard Langer / Lasco Press Photo

Round Two is Saturday, followed by the Celebrity Challenge at approximately 4:40.

First Round Scores of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren

POS PLAYER To Par STROKES
1 Fred Funk -7 65
T2 Woody Austin -6 66
T2 Brett Quigley -6 66
T2 Stephen Ames -6 66
5 Scott Parel -5 67
T6 David Frost -4 68
T6 Lee Janzen -4 68
T6 Ken Duke -4 68
T6 Robert Karlsson -4 68
T6 Jeff Maggert -4 68
T6 Shane Bertsch -4 68
T6 Cameron Beckman -4 68
T6 Ernie Els -4 68
T6 Padraig Harrington -4 68
T6 Kent Jones -4 68
T6 Steven Alker -4 68
T6 David Branshaw -4 68
T6 Alan McLean -4 68
T19 Marco Dawson -3 69
T19 Paul Stankowski -3 69
T19 Duffy Waldorf -3 69
T19 Doug Barron -3 69
T19 Rocco Mediate -3 69
T19 Paul Broadhurst -3 69
T19 Rod Pampling -3 69
T19 Alex Cejka -3 69
T19 Wes Short, Jr. -3 69
T19 David Toms -3 69
T19 Joe Durant -3 69
T19 K.J. Choi -3 69
T19 Jim Furyk -3 69
T19 Mario Tiziani -3 69
T19 Rob Labritz -3 69
T34 Scott Dunlap -2 70
T34 Jeff Sluman -2 70
T34 Paul Goydos -2 70
T34 Mike Weir -2 70
T34 Steve Stricker -2 70
T34 Jerry Kelly -2 70
T34 Bernhard Langer -2 70
T41 Robert Allenby -1 71
T41 John Huston -1 71
T41 Glen Day -1 71
T41 Olin Browne -1 71
T41 Brandt Jobe -1 71
T41 Scott McCarron -1 71
T41 Roger Rowland -1 71
T48 Chris DiMarco E 72
T48 Tim Herron E 72
T48 Corey Pavin E 72
T48 John Senden E 72
T48 Steve Flesch E 72
T48 Ricardo Gonzalez E 72
T48 Andrew Johnson E 72
T55 Gene Sauers 1 73
T55 Steve Pate 1 73
T55 Tom Byrum 1 73
T55 Joey Sindelar 1 73
T55 Jesper Parnevik 1 73
T55 Larry Mize 1 73
T55 John Daly 1 73
T55 Thongchai Jaidee 1 73
T55 Brian Gay 1 73
T55 Mark O’Meara 1 73
T55 Tom Pernice Jr. 1 73
T55 Ken Tanigawa 1 73
T55 Stuart Appleby 1 73
T55 David McKenzie 1 73
T69 Y.E. Yang 2 74
T69 Steve Jones 2 74
T69 Michael Allen 2 74
T69 Carlos Franco 2 74
T69 Tim Petrovic 2 74
T69 Tom Gillis 2 74
T69 Skip Kendall 2 74
76 Billy Mayfair 4 76
T77 David Duval 5 77
T77 Harry Rudolph 5 77
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