The former Maryland golfer and coach hadn't felt confident about much of the day's performance. While he had four birdies after 16 holes, he countered that with four bogeys.
One of the birdies came on the 16th hole, and as he sunk that 12-foot putt to even the round's score, he vowed to finish strong, figure out a tweak to improve Sunday's outing and hope for a top-10 finish in front of a home crowd.
"That would be really good considering how I've been playing all week," Funk said. "Making a lot of mistakes. Making a lot of birdies, but making a lot of mistakes."
After it took a bounce and rolled in for his fourth hole-in-one on the PGA Tour Champions — Funk estimates he's made 13 or 14 during his professional career — Funk received a high-five from his caddy and groupmates Duffy Waldorf and Joey Sindelar.
Funk used the ball again to birdie on the par-4 18th. Afterward, he signed it and his caddy gave it to Brandon Hinderer of York, Pa., one of the volunteers who was following the group during his strong final stretch.
"I needed it," Funk said. "You always need it, but that was pretty cool."
Pavin keeping pace
Corey Pavin began the third round of the Senior Players Championship one shot behind Bernhard Langer.