The Washington Times - June 16, 2011, 02:05PM

Fred Funk had a smile on his face after shooting a 4-over 75 in the first round at the U.S. Open Thursday. A bogey on No. 18 was one of the few mistakes the 55-year-old was shaking his head about.

“That was disappointing,” he said. “I would’ve been smiling a lot more if I just had made that one shot better.”

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Funk isn’t expected to contend this weekend at Congressional, but the former University of Maryland golf coach and Takoma Park native is a fan favorite in Bethesda.

“I really enjoyed all the support I got – that was fantastic. It was fun being out there,” he said. “Overall I’m real pleased with the way I handled myself and the way the day went as far as the atmosphere and the crowds and everything.”

No. 3 and No. 18 Funk said he wished he could’ve had back – a double-bogey and a bogey. It wasn’t the elation he showed after qualifying, but Funk (who isn’t known as a strong driver) realized this would be a hard course for him off the tee.

“It’s a long hombre for me,” he said. “A lot of long holes, a lot of tough stuff for me. But I knew that coming in; I went around after I qualified last week and I saw all the new tees and I went, ‘Uh oh – it’s gonna play long.’ ”