Funk hopes to return by January

Updated: November 16, 2009, 7:45 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

Fred Funk, whose lone victory this year came at the U.S. Senior Open, had knee replacement surgery on Monday in Jacksonville, Fla., and hopes to return to competitive golf in January.

Funk, 53, has had issues with his right knee for more than a year and had a total knee replacement performed at St. Vincent's Medical Center, according to the PGA Tour. Funk is expected to be hospitalized for a few days and can begin hitting balls again in about six weeks, according to his wife, Sharon.

Funk, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., won the 2005 Players Championship, one of eight PGA Tour titles, and remains exempt on that tour.

He had surgery for torn cartilage in May of 2008 and developed a staph infection in the knee late last year. Despite limping through most of this year, Funk still managed to finish fifth on the Champions Tour money list.

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com.

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