Goydos earns first Champions Tour win|
Oahu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Goydos birdied four holes in a row on the
back nine Sunday and he held off Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap to win the Pacific
Links Hawaii Championship.
Goydos finished his first Champions Tour victory at 19-under-par 197. His
total of 197 smashed the previous tournament record of 202 that Willie Wood
set in 2012.
"I kept my decades going too. I won in the 1990s, the 2000s and the 2010s.
I've won every decade," Goydos stated. "I love it over here. It's a great
place to golf."
Funk had a hole-in-one on the 16th. That helped him card a 3-under 69, which
left him tied with Dunlap at minus-18. Dunlap matched the low round of the day
with his 7-under 65 at Kapolei Golf Course.
Russ Cochran carded a 6-under 66 to take fourth place at 17-under-par 199.
Jeff Maggert was one stroke back at minus-16 after a final-round 67.
Goydos and Funk shared the lead to start the day, and both got off to slow
starts. Goydos parred the first, then birdied No. 2. He followed that with six
consecutive pars, but he maintained at least a piece of the lead nearly that
Funk parred one and two before stumbling to a bogey on the third. He got that
shot back when he birdied the seventh. Funk reeled off six pars in a row from
Goydos ended his string of pars with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth,
which tied him for the lead with Dunlap.
Dunlap birdied five of seven holes from the fourth to jump to 16-under. His
birdied at 10 gave him a piece of the lead. After Goydos birdied the ninth,
Dunlap answered with a 10-foot birdie effort at 12.
Goydos bogeyed the 10th, but remained tied with Dunlap, who faltered to a
bogey on No. 13. Dunlap bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 14th to grab
the lead at minus-17.
After three pars in a row, Goydos took control of the tournament. He got up
and down for birdie from over the green at 14. Dunlap answered with a birdie
on No. 17, but he ran out of holes.
"I think I'm a good motivating influence for the tour," joked Dunlap, who
posted is his seventh top-20 finish in his last eight starts. "Coming down the
end, you better do some good stuff. It's nice to be in the mix. This is as
good as stretch of golf as I played probably ever. It's nice to maintain a
level of golf I think I can play."
Goydos stuffed his approach within a foot at 15 to move to 18-under with that
birdie. Funk, who was paired with Goydos and Pavin, birdied 14th to get to 16-
under. Funk's hole-in-one at 16 briefly gave him a piece of the lead.
Goydos made his third in a row as he drained a 15-footer for birdie and the
lead at 16.
"I can't really control Fred, who hit a great shot in there. To be honest with
you, the 4-iron I hit in there was as good a shot as I hit all day," said
Goydos of his tee shot at 16. "The putter was mediocre on the front nine, but
it was better on the back. I couldn't hit a better putt on 16, and quite
frankly, I couldn't hit a better putt on 17 either."
At the par-5 17th, Goydos chipped to six feet and he made that birdie putt to
climb to 20-under. He was two clear of the field and needed that extra stroke.
Goydos flew the green at 18 with his approach. After taking a drop from the
grandstands and the television tower, Goydos chipped between a couple of trees
to about 18 feet. He lagged his par effort to tap-in range. Funk and Pavin
made their pars before Goydos tapped in for bogey and the win.
"I'm pretty impressed I was able to hit my second shot between (the tower and
the grandstand)," Goydos joked. "To be honest with you, you're a little nervy
up there. But I hit a nice little chip shot and hit a nice little putt."
Funk followed his ace with a pair of pars to end one back.
NOTES: Goydos earned $330,000 for the victory ... Goydos also won in Hawaii on
the PGA Tour at the Sony Open ... The Champions Tour heads to California next
week for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Kirk Triplett
is the two-time defending champion.
09/22 00:24:11 ET