The Washington Times - June 17, 2011, 07:33PM

For the first time in any major, Fred Funk got to enjoy a couple rounds with a very special person in his life as his caddie: his 15-year-old son, Taylor.

“He does great. He’s a great caddie,” Funk said. “He’s really, really good; he’s smart. He’s been around the game his whole life.”


Unfortunately for Fred and Taylor Funk, this father-son odyssey won’t last into the weekend. The former University of Maryland golf coach shot another 75 Friday to move to 8-over for the tournament and miss the cut at the U.S. Open.

“You know, I really wanted to make the cut, but life goes on, and golf goes on,” Funk said. “I had a great time with my son. It was a very special week, and it would be better if I was walking the fairways on the weekends, but these two days were fantastic.”

Funk joked that the next time this tournament returns to Congressional Country Club in his home area (he’s from Takoma Park), he’d caddie for Taylor.

And while Father’s Day will be spent at home instead of on the golf course, Funk’s enjoyment of these two days at the Open went even beyond the experience with his son. As the only real local in the field, Funk enjoyed a couple rounds as the hometown boy and fan favorite.

“Just getting the support I had was fantastic. Every hole I felt like we were playing a practice round with Ernie and Jack at Augusta and both of them getting standing ovations on every hole, and I’m sitting back just watching. I kind of felt like that here today.”