Molder sticking around
After Thursday’s round, it looked like Bryce Molder’s return to Waialae would be brief.
Molder, who hadn’t made a Sony Open cut in three previous appearances, began Friday’s play buried in a tie for 134th in the 144-player field after a 2-over 72 in the first round that included a run of five consecutive bogeys.
When he signed his scorecard Friday morning, he’d rocketed into the top 10 with a bogey-free 9-under 61.
Molder played the front nine at 30 and
strung together three birdies from Nos. 12 to 14 to get to 8 under through 14 holes. He parred the next three holes and birdied 18 to move to 7 under for the tournament and went into the clubhouse tied for ninth.
Although 59 came into view after No. 14, “I wasn’t even guaranteed of making the cut,” said Molder, who last played Sony in 2010. “But you know, if I had made one more birdie, I probably would have thought a little bit more about it.”