The week after the drama of the PGA Championships, the golf world will focus on Oregon as both the PGA Champions Tour and LPGA Tour descend on the state.
Many of the world's biggest names from the Champions Tour will be at Crosswater Club at Sunriver for The Jeld-Wen Tradition, while the top women's players are at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains for the Safeway Classic
The Jeld-Wen Tradition, one of the Champions Tour majors, will play out on NBC Saturday and Sunday.
The Safeway Classic is a 54-hole tournament.
Among the players scheduled to compete in The Jeld-Wen Tradition are Tom Watson, Corey Pavin, Nick Price and Bernhard Langer, who has won two-straight majors and is leading the Champions Tour points standings. Langer won the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open this year.
Defending champion Mike Reid is among the top candidates as tournament favorites.
The Safeway Classic is headed by Cristie Kerr, who won the LPGA Championship, and Yani Tseng, who won both the Kraft Nabisco Championships and Women's British Open.
The 54-year-old Funk won the Jeld-Wen Tradtion – the fourth of the five Champions Tour five – for the second time in three years, closing with a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu.
"I really like this golf course, and I really like this area. Obviously, it's been good to me," said Funk, 47 under in four Tradition tournaments at Crosswater.
Funk, also the 2009 U.S. Senior Open winner, has six Champions Tour victories. He won eight times on the PGA Tour.
The former Maryland coach took the lead for good with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 598-yard, par-5 16th, then two-putted from 40 feet for par at 18 to finish at 12-under 276 on the Sunriver Resort's Crosswater Golf Club course.
Allen shot a 67, and Lu had a 69.
Eight players were tied or had the outright lead at some point on the back nine. When the final group had five holes left, 12 players were within two strokes.
Funk, who won the third Champions major of his career, began the round two strokes behind third-round leader Tom Lehman. Funk was in contention throughout the day, at one point making seven consecutive pars before his birdie at 16.
Funk's 276 total is the highest winning score in the Tradition since 2002, when Jim Thorpe won at Desert Mountain at 11-under 277.
Jeld-Wen is ending its relationship as title sponsor after four years, and the Champions Tour is expected to announce its plans for the tournament this week.
MIYAZATO DEFENDS SAFEWAY TITLE
Ai Miyazato shot an even-par 72 to earn a 2-shot victory in the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course Sunday, a win that moved her to the top of the LPGA Tour rankings.