Face down on the ground behind the 13th tee, with a trainer mashing on his back and his three-shot lead shriveled into a tie, Fred Funk's trip to the Riviera Maya suddenly wasn't looking like much fun.
"I wasn't even sure I could finish," Funk said. "I couldn't move. I couldn't bend over."
Then he popped up and grimaced his way to a birdie. Then another. In between, the guy he'd been tied with made a bogey.
Just like that, Funk's lead was back to three strokes.
Funk wound up shooting a 6-under-par 64 yesterday and finished the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic with a two-stroke lead over Jose Coceres.
Funk was 15 under, having gone 62-69-64 on the par-70 El Camaleon course. Coceres shot a 65 yesterday.
Cameron Beckman and Boo Weekley went into the round tied with Funk, but couldn't keep pace with their playing partner. Beckman shot a 69 to drop into a tie for third at 10 under with Peter Lonard (67). Weekley had a 70 to fall into a tie with Skip Kendall at 9 under.
· CHAMPIONS TOUR:Allen Doyle shot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions yesterday to take a one-stroke lead over Bobby Wadkins and Champions Tour newcomer Mark O'Meara after the second round of the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla.
Doyle, an 11-time winner on the 50-and-over tour, had a 12-under 132 total on the Quail West Golf and Country Club course. O'Meara, making his second Champions Tour start, shot a 68, and Wadkins followed his opening 64 with a 69.
· LPGA TOUR:Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 4-under 68 yesterday to hold off Jee Young Lee by a stroke and complete a wire-to-wire victory in the Fields Open.
The 27-year-old Prammanasudh had five birdies and sealed her second LPGA Tour title by two-putting for par from 20 feet on No. 18 to finish at 14-under 202.
Lee closed with a bogey-free 68.
Prammanasudh was sharp all day, never allowing anyone to catch her. After holing her final putt, a two-footer for par, she shook her arms in the air and kissed her husband, who is also her caddie.
Rookie Angela Lee (71), making her second LPGA start as a pro, Ai Miyazato (66) and Morgan Pressel (69) tied for third at 11 under.