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August 2 2013

8:32 PM

Bubble boys on the rise

By PGATOUR.COM staff

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The FedExCup Playoffs get under way in just three weeks, meaning the pressure to secure a spot in the top 125 is reaching its peak.

Two competitors in the Reno-Tahoe Open field -- Charlie Wi and Stuart Appleby -- are in position after 36 holes to turn themselves from Playoff hopefuls into Playoff locks.

Wi (FedExCup: 121st) and Appleby (124th) each have 19 points in the Modified Stableford format to sit in a third-place tie as second-round play winds down at Montreux.

Wi had five birdies and an eagle Friday to add 15 points to his total while Appleby carded four birdies against one bogey for seven points.

Appleby was asked if he thought he was safe inside the FedExCup top 125 after his round.

“I don't want to think like that,” he said. “And I don't believe that to be the case.  That would be a terrible mistake to make … I really want to make inroads this week.”

After nine holes of his opening round, Wi was minus-3 -- which is not where he wanted to be in this scoring system. He rebounded to finish his day at plus-4 and added another 15 points Friday to move into contention.

“(This format is) a lot of fun,” Wi said. “Yesterday I got off to a rough start.  It was minus 3 after nine holes.  And I just told myself, couple birdies I'm on the plus side.  I just tried to chip it away one at a time.  Here I am now.”

Not everyone on the FedExCup bubble has fared as well as Appleby and Wi this week. No. 123 Padraig Harrington and No. 127 Chad Campbell finished 36 holes with just two points and will both miss the cut. No. 128 Greg Owen has two points through 14 holes today and is also on the verge of missing out on the weekend -- and any FedExCup points.

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