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Funk, sans a skirt, takes Skins title

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005


LA QUINTA, Calif. - What a Skins Game it was for Fred Funk, who went from wearing a pink skirt to walking away with nearly all the money.

"Wow," Funk said in disbelief Sunday on the 18th green, where he'd just won the final $550,000 and six skins, for a total of $925,000 and 15 skins in his first try.

Funk had a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th, then clinched the victory when Tiger Woods missed an 8-foot birdie putt.

Funk, 49, became the oldest Skins Game winner and took all $700,000 available Sunday.

Before the tournament, Woods told Funk he'd never live it down if Annika Sorenstam outdrove him on even one hole. It happened on the third hole Saturday, and Funk good-naturedly pulled a pink skirt, supplied by Sorenstam as per their agreement, over his pants and finished the hole.

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CHINA OPEN: Paul Casey of England edged countryman Oliver Wilson on the first hole of a playoff to win in Shenzhen. The two shared the lead after the final round at 13-under-par 275, with Casey firing a bogey-free 65. Wilson shot a 69. Co-sanctioned by the European PGA and Asian tours, it was the second event of the European tour's 2006 schedule.