Molder takes lead at Colonial with 62
FORT WORTH, Texas — Bryce Molder has yet to have the same kind of success that other four-time All-American collegiate players have had on the PGA Tour.
For now, Molder will settle for his career-best round and the lead midway through the Colonial, where four-time All-Americans Phil Mickelson and David Duval missed the cut.
Molder shot an 8-under 62 yesterday to get to 13-under 127 for a one-stroke lead over first-round co-leader Jason Bohn (65). Kris Blanks (64) and Brian Davis (65) were two strokes back, one ahead of Boo Weekley (63) and Jeff Overton (67).
A 31-year-old Georgia Tech graduate who has split time between the PGA and Nationwide tours since his professional debut in 2002, Molder was one stroke off matching the course record of 61 after missing an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
"I read it correctly, lined it up correctly, felt like I was playing too much break, and I kind of just let myself pull it, I think, instead of just trusting my line," said Molder, who is looking for his first PGA Tour title. "But you certainly get a little bit of excitement when you start shooting a low score."
Mickelson would have overtaken Tiger Woods for the No. 1 spot in the world ranking with a win at Colonial, but instead had consecutive over-par rounds. The Arizona State grad shot a 73 yesterday to finish at 4-over 144, six strokes off the cut.
Duval, who like Molder was a standout player at Georgia Tech, finished at 141 after a round of 73.
COUPLES IN LEAD
Fred Couples shot a 4-under 68 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Kite after two rounds of the Senior PGA Championship, at the Colorado Golf Club at Parker, Colo.
Couples was at 7-under 137 after the best round of the day, despite teeing off in the afternoon, when the wind picked up.
Kite shot a second-round 69, with Tom Lehman (71) another stroke back at 139. First-round co-leaders Bernhard Langer and Robin Freeman both shot 3-over 75 and were tied with Nick Price (71) at 141.
DONALD TOPS MADRID
Luke Donald shot a 5-under 67 yesterday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Madrid Masters in Madrid, while Sergio Garcia missed the cut of a European tournament for the first time in six years.
Donald is at 12-under 132 and one shot ahead of Rhys Davies (68) and two in front of Jamie Donaldson (70).
Garcia carded a 73 to miss the cut of 143 by two strokes. Since turning pro in 1999, the Spaniard has only missed two cuts in Europe, the last coming at Troon in 2004.
"Nobody likes to miss a cut, in front of your home crowd even more," said Garcia.
FUJIKAWA 12 BEHIND
Moanalua High alum Tadd Fujikawa shot a 1-under 71 at the Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor yesterday and was tied for 45th place entering the final round of the eGolf Tour's Grand Harbor Open at Ninety Six, N.C.
Fujikawa has a 54-hole total of 5-under 209.
Reigning Hawai'i State Open champ Jesse Mueller and Scott Weatherly remain tied for the lead at 17-under 197. Both shot 4-under 67s at the Patriot Golf Club.