PGA Tour
Lunde gets first PGA Tour win



Verona, NY (Sports Network) - Bill Lunde posted a six-under 66 on Sunday to come from behind and get his first PGA Tour victory at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

Lunde finished off his maiden tour win at 17-under 271 and won by a single stroke at Atunyote Golf Club.

"I don't think it's quite real yet," said Lunde, who pocketed $720,000 and earned a spot in next week's PGA Championship. "I've done media stuff, but obviously this is a lot more and different subject. Usually I'm talking about, 'You got off to a great start, what do you have to do to stay in there for the weekend,' and that type of thing, so sitting up here talking about winning a golf tournament is a little surreal."

J.J. Henry fired a nine-under 63 early Sunday and waited around to see if it would hold up. It did not and he settled for second place on his own at minus-16.

Third-round leader Alex Cejka needed an eagle at the last to force a playoff, but only managed a par. He shot an even-par 72 and tied for third place with Jerry Kelly (64), Josh Teater (66), Michael Sim (66) and Billy Mayfair (69). The group finished at 15-under 273.

This Sunday belonged to Lunde, a 34-year-old Las Vegas native.

Lunde trailed Cejka by four strokes at the start of the final round and wasted little time in trying to make up the deficit. He rolled in an 11-footer for birdie at one and made it two in a row with a tap-in at No. 2.

After a pair of pars, Lunde got back to making birdies. He two-putted the par- five fifth from 23 feet and once again rattled off back-to-back birdies thanks to a long birdie putt at the par-three sixth.

Lunde was then in the mix at the top of the leaderboard and actually moved into a tie for the lead with a four-foot birdie putt at the par-five eighth. He moved in front on his own with a nine-foot birdie putt at nine.

"The front nine, shooting 30, was obviously phenomenal," said Lunde. "I kind of played mistake-free golf, I felt, and kind of got me in position to play the back nine."

Lunde dropped back into a tie for first with Henry and others after the par- three 11th. He landed in a greenside bunker and his blast from the sand didn't reach the putting surface. Lunde got up and down for bogey, but was tied for the lead.

With Henry already in the clubhouse at 16-under par, Lunde became the primary challenger. Brett Wetterich made a move, but a pair of double-bogeys sent him down the leaderboard.

Cejka got back into the mix with four birdies in a five-hole span around the turn. A bogey at the 14th dropped him one back of Lunde and Henry, but Lunde had one big shot left in his bag.

At the par-three 16th, Lunde hit his tee ball to four feet. He cashed in on the birdie opportunity and was one ahead of Henry with two holes to play.

Lunde hit his second almost 70 feet from the hole at 17 and left himself with four feet for par. He ran home the clutch par save and parred the last to get in at 17-under.

If Mayfair or Cejka eagled the last, they could've forced a playoff, but it didn't happen.

"Few good shots, break here or there and some putts, and your confidence changes from doom and gloom to, wow, I got a chance to win," said Lunde, who left golf in the middle of last decade. "So I guess that's kind of the way I approached it, and I was just fortunate to hit a lot of great shots and make the putts."

Lunde won on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and his best finish on tour was a tie for fourth at last year's Frys.com Open. He had only one top-10 this year and that came at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Richard S. Johnson (67) and Rory Sabbatini (68) tied for eighth at 14-under 274.

NOTES: Lunde left after the 2005 season, but lost his job in the real estate business in 2006...Lunde became the 12th first-time winner on tour this year...His first-round 73 was the highest start by a winner this season on the PGA Tour...Former PGA Champion Steve Elkington was part of a group tied for 10th at 13-under...Next week is the PGA Championship, won last year by Y.E. Yang.

08/08 19:01:00 ET