Lunde, Sucher share halfway lead in Boise
July 18, 2014
By Joe Chemycz, PGATOUR.COM
- Zack Sucher is tied for the lead with Bill Lunde after two rounds. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
BOISE, Idaho – Friday was Bill Lunde’s day to grab the spotlight and blister the Hillcrest Country Club course. The 38-year-old from Las Vegas posted a career-low, 10-under 61 and vaulted into a share of the 36-hole lead at the 25th annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.
Lunde scorched the defenseless Hillcrest Course early in the day and posted his total of 15-under 127, also a career low. The Las Vegas resident was alone at the top for nearly eight hours until first-day leader Zack Sucher posted a 4-under 67 to tie Lunde for first place. Sucher stole the headlines on Thursday with his 11-under 60 and had a chance to take the outright but missed a 7-foot birdie putt when he tried to putt around a spike mark that was directly between his ball and the hole.
“I had one on the line I wanted to play,” said Sucher. “I thought we could go inside of it but I wasn’t comfortable with the line. If I hit it harder I would have made it.”
The net result was a tie at the top after two rounds. Steven Alker, who opened with a 62, added a bogey-free, 5-under 66 to his card and is at 14-under 128.
Steve Wheatcroft (66) and Chase Wright (66) share fourth place, three of the lead. Duke’s Ryan Blaum (65) and Washington’s Nick Taylor (68) are four off the pace.
Lunde, winner of the 2010 Turning Stone Championship on the PGA TOUR, bounced back from an opening bogey at Hillcrest with five consecutive birdies. He added two more at Nos. 8 and 11 and was 6-under through 12 holes before hitting the shot of the day – an ace at the par-3, 13th.
“Credit goes to my caddie. I didn’t think it was a full 5-iron but I also didn’t think a 6 would get there,” he said of the 200-yard shot. “He was right. It landed about six to eight feet from the hole and just went in.”
The ace pushed him to 13-under, past Sucher, and into the lead for the first time.
“I kind of expected it. You shoot 60 and at 10:30 you’re not in the lead anymore,” said Sucher, who finished about 7:15 p.m. “There were some good rounds yesterday and we knew a couple guys would come out and play well this morning.”
Lunde’s round was the best of the best and led another assault on par at the 6,807-yard course. Friday’s scoring average was 68.955 and the 36-hole cut came at 6-under par, one shy of the Tour’s all-time mark.
Bill Lunde’s hot round leads at Albertsons Boise Open
SECOND ROUND NOTES:
• A total of 68 players made the 36-hole cut, which came at 6-under 136.
• The previous low cut on Tour this year was 5-under 137, which came at last week’s Utah Championship.
• The 6-under par cut matches the lowest in tournament history. Last year’s cut was also 6-under par.
• Saturday’s play will be in twosomes off the 1st tee. Times will run from 7:54 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with an expected finish time of 5:00 pm MT.
• Bill Lunde recorded an ace at the 200-yard, 13th hole. Lunde used a 6-iron for his hole-in-one, the fifth of his career and his second in competition as a professional. Cory Whitsett had an ace in Thursday’s opening round. Lunde’s ace was the 27th in tournament history – more than any other tournament on the Web.com Tour schedule.
• Lunde, 38, spent five years on the PGA TOUR (2009-13) and has 122 career starts. His lone victory came at the 2010 Turning Stone Championship.
• Lunde’s 61 today is the third-lowest score in tournament history. Russell Knox posted a 12-under 59 in the second round last year and Zack Sucher shot a 60 in Thursday’s opener. Lunde is fifth player in tournament history to shoot a 61 – he joins J.P. Hayes (1994), Woody Austin (1994), Scott Piercy (2008) and Michael Connell (2013) in that group.
• Lunde’s 61 today is his career-low score on Tour. He posted a 10-under 62 in the third round of the 2009 Humana Challenge (Nicklaus Private course) on the PGA TOUR. He also carded a 10-under 62 in the second round of the 2008 Chattanooga Classic on the Web.com Tour.
• Lunde has one career win on the Web.com Tour – the 2008 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
• Lunde’s 127 total (66-61) matches the 36-hole tournament record set by Michael Putnam (62-65) in 2012.
• This is Lunde’s sixth start in Boise. He had made two cuts in his previous five starts. His best finish came in 2008 when he tied for sixth place. Lunde opened with rounds of 66-65 and his 11-under total was good for the 36-hole lead. He also shared the 54-hole lead at 13-under with eventual champion Chris Tidland.
• Lunde’s 127 total is the second-lowest opening 36-hole score on Tour this year. Jon Curran’s 125 total (61-64) at the Brasil Champions is the best to this point of the season.
• Lunde’s 127 total is his career low on both the Web.com Tour (129/2008 Chattanooga Classic) and the PGA TOUR (131/2010 Travelers Championship).
• Lunde leads the field with 16 birdies through 36 holes.
• Lunde is also first in putting with just 49 after two days.
• Guy Boros (-8/T25) and Darron Stiles (-9/T9) lead in driving accuracy. They each have hit 24 of 28 fairways (85.71%)
• Mathew Goggin (-4/MC) and Michael Kim (-8/T25) each hit 32 of 36 greens in regulation (88.9%) and are tops in that category.
• Chase Wright (64-66/12-under/T4) and Fran Quinn (67-67/9-under/T16) are the only players in the field without a bogey through the first two rounds.
• Andres Gonzales, winner of last week’s Utah Championship, has posted scores of 67-66—133/-9 and is T16.
• Leading money winner Carlos Ortiz has shot scores of 68-64—132/-10 and is T10. Ortiz is the Tour’s only two-time winner this year and is in search of his first top-10 finish since a solo third-place effort at the South Georgia Classic. Ortiz had missed two cuts in four starts since then and finished T37 at the Rex Hospital Open and T29 at last week’s Utah Championship.
• Corey Whitsett had a pair of eagle-3s on par-5s today. Whitsett eagled Nos. 16 and 3 en route to a 6-under 65. He is 10-under for the tournament and T8. He also made a hole-in-one Thursday and leads the field with three eagles thus far. He is the only player in the field with more than one eagle after two days.
• Zack Sucher has made the cut in 10 of 15 starts this year. He has three top-10 finishes and entered the week No. 23 on the money list. His best week was a T5 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
• Sucher’s career-best finish on Tour is a T2 at the 2013 South Georgia Classic, where he was a Monday qualifier.
• Best rounds of the day:
61 – Bill Lunde
64 – Billy Mayfair, Fernando Mechereffe, Carlos Ortiz, Steve Saunders, Matt Weibring
• NEXT WEEK: The Web.com Tour heads to the Kansas City area for the Midwest Classic at Nicklaus GC at LionsGate July 21-27. Last year, Jamie Lovemark earned his second career win with a one-stroke victory. Lovemark posted an 18-under 266 total to top Mark Anderson and collect a first-place check for $108,000.