Las Vegas’ Bill Lunde Still Playing PGA Tour FedEx Despite Zero Top 10s

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 29, 2011)–Bill Lunde has always been a fighter so it's no surprise he has advanced to the second round of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs. Lunde was on the outside looking in entering the first tournament (103rd and 100 make it through) but he played well enough to jump up into 85th heading to . What is also interesting is that Lunde is one of only three players left who are in the playoffs but haven't had a top 10 finish in all of 2011. –By Brian Hurlburt.

Ernie Els and William McGirt are the others. But Lunde has put together a solid 2011 campaign, earning more than $590,000 through the Barclays with three top 25 finishes. But while he has been more quietly consistent–making 18 of 24 cuts–he probably would switch 2011 for 2010, a year where he made only 12 of 28 cuts but earned more than $1.1 million and a win at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. In total, he had three top 10 finishes in 2010.

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Lunde was on the bubble entering the third and final round of the Barclays (Hurricane Irene shortened the event), but put together a final round of 66. Lunde was unsure where he stook but received an assist from Joe Ogilvie's caddie pulled out a phone on the 18th tee during the final round to try and determine where Lunde, Ian Poulter, and Ogilvie stood in the tournament and the overall points. "I definitely knew I needed a good round," Lunde told the media. "I didn't know what that number would be. I knew I had to play well to go to Boston. That's all I knew. I didn't know if it's — it's impossible to know. All depends on who is in front of me, it's impossible to figure out. I just said if I play good today, great, I'm going to Boston and if not, it's my fault."

Lunde also added: "We actually kind of checked the phone on 18 while we were waiting, I knew tied for 36 but on the phone there was no projected FedExCup cutoff point. Ian and I were both in the same boat and trying to see where we were and I knew he was behind me, but ahead of me, so that wasn't helping me, he kept pouring in birdies and I'm like, well, that one is going to hurt a little more. Really had no idea."

Poulter jumped from 114 to 78 while Ogilvie went from 120 to 116, not good enough to move up the list. The playoffs now move to TPC Boston for the Deustche Bank Challenge. In 2010, Lunde's best friend and neighbor, Charley Hoffman, won the tournament after putting up a dazzling 62 during the final round. Quotes from ASAPSports.com.

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