Molder stick­ing around

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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.”

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