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May 28 2010

4:17 PM

Molder vaults to top of pack

Bryce Molder had never played Colonial Country Club before this week but friends told him that Hogan’s Alley was right down his.

Turns out they were right, too. Molder opened with a 65 on Friday and is currently 7 under through 15 holes – and the owner of a one-stroke lead.

Molder’s birdies have come from a variety of ways. He’s made putts of 7, 22, 34, 8 and 13 feet, as well as a tap-in from 13 inches. He also chipped in from 54 feet at the 12th hole.

"I had a lot of people tell me that you are really going to like it here," Molder said. after his first round. "You are going to love the golf course and the way it moves around and the trees.  It's going to fit your eye really well and it certainly did. 

“There is some really uncomfortable shots out there, but they fit.  They work. It's just a really good track.  Any time I walk up and see greens which are smooth and as good as these greens are, I get excited because that's usually when I make up shots a lot of times on the greens. 

"You also don't have to hit a lot of drivers.  You can pick and choose when you are aggressive."

So far Molder, who is looking for his first PGA TOUR victory, appears to have found the right combination.

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