KAPALUA, Hawaii – The 2012 PGA TOUR season officially began Friday when Bryce Molder hit the opening drive to start the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Molder and Michael Bradley were in the first pairing of the day. As the 45-year-old Bradley, a four-time winner on TOUR, warmed up on the tee box at the par-4 first hole, he said, “I’m just happy to be here. Just glad to have a tee time.”
Bradley and Molder wished each other good luck, then Molder took the first swing. His drive sailed left of the fairway and did not catch the downhill slope. Bradley’s tee shot did catch the slope, leaving him 50 yards ahead of Molder.
But Molder, making his first start in this event after winning last year’s Frys.com Open, hit an excellent approach that found the green and rolled inside 22 feet. Bradley then followed with an approach that came up short of the green.
Both players ended up with pars on the hole.