Funk is the oldest player to appear on the PGA TOUR since Tom Watson, 65, five years ago at RBC Heritage at Hilton. The only other players aged 64 or over to have made the cut since 1970 were Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead.
“And then Funk. You throw that in there, that doesn’t sound good, does it? Said Fred Funk. “I don’t know if I’m in competition, but making the cup was huge.”
It wasn’t easy on a day like this when the wind was so strong it was difficult to get up, especially on some of the holes along the ocean.
“Today has been really tough,” Armor said. “We didn’t know whether to say get up, come down, what to say to him. We couldn’t judge the distance very well and we had balls spinning sideways and my ball generally doesn’t go sideways. And it would just get up in the wind and it would go 20 yards further left or right than you wanted.
This made Clark’s performance even more remarkable, although the wind eventually caught up with him when he bogeys on par 5 seventh and par 3 eighth to fall back into a tie with Armor.
Clark was not caught in the last bogeys, especially the last.
“We all hit 6 and 5 irons in a par 3 of 160, and I missed about a 5-footer,” Clark said. ” It will happen. If I didn’t do that it would be one of the best races of my career. But it’s pretty hard to play a round with a 30mph wind and not do bogeys.
“I’m not looking at those last two bogeys,” he said. “I’m up there in contention, and that’s all that matters. ”
The best round of the day belonged to Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who not only shot 66, he played without a bogey. He was three shots behind, while Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington used all his Irish experience in the wind for a 71 – two birdies, two bogeys, 14 pars – and was four shots behind.