A year ago, Bryce Molder was in contention at Pebble Beach -- until the much-talked about 14th hole, which he made a 9 on on his way to a final-round 76.
“All you can do is laugh,” said Molder, who shot a 68 at Spyglass Hill Saturday to move into a tie for second and within one of the lead with one round to play. “I remember on that hole last year, after I made a big number, the biggest thought going through my head is, it's not going to be very fun walking into the locker room at Whisper Rock, because they are not going to hold back.”
This time, though, it will be “different,” Molder says.
“The weather is so good that I still think that you're going to have to make some birdies,” said Molder, who has 15 birdies on the week and is second in the field in putting and eighth in driving accuracy.
“It will be interesting to see how ‑‑ because I played it on Thursday, how it is now, another three or four days without rain,” Molder continued. “It will be interesting to see if people are able to make a run and if you do, it's going to be early on, because you get around to 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, there's not going to be very much chances in that stretch.”
Molder, one of the many players in contention trying to win for the first time in his career on the PGA TOUR, just hopes he’s one of those to go on a run. But Molder hopes being in a somewhat familiar position that is in some ways unfamiliar won’t affect him.
“I think it could affect [some players] a lot, but you know, me personally, it can't really change what I do,” Molder said. “Unfortunately in golf, you can't play defense on any of the guys, but fortunately in golf, you don't have to. So I can just kind of do what ‑‑ cliché, I'm going to do what I can do.” -- Brian Wacker