At 57 years old, Fred Funk is making his return to the PGA Tour.
Funk will use his one-time exemption for being in the top 50 on the career money list. He’ll make his first start of the season Thursday at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
“Got to the point where it was probably use it or lose it,” Funk said. “I wanted the opportunity to come out and play the young tour for a little bit; I’m finally healthy enough to do it.”
Funk is an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour with his most notable victory coming at the 2005 Players Championship. He had surgeries on his injured left thumb and right knee in 2011 before winning twice on the Champions Tour in 2012.
This past season, Funk made 21 starts on the Champions Tour, notching two runner-up finishes and five top 10s. He also made one start on the PGA Tour, missing the cut at the Sony Open.
After the Frys.com Open, Funk will makes starts at the McGladrey Classic and OHL Classic at Mayakoba, which was the site of his last PGA Tour victory in 2007. He still plans to play the Champions Tour, too.