By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- The 525-yard, par-5 16th hole is one of the easiest at TPC Summerlin. Many players can reach the green in two shots. Bryce Molder made eagle there during his first-round 65, but had to hole out from 126 yards to do so.
"It looked so good that I didn't want to say anything," Molder said, "because as soon as I say, 'Go in,' or 'Get close,' it's going to end up 20 feet short."
He laid up short of the water in front of the green after drawing a difficult lie in the left rough.
"It was sitting way down (in the rough)," Molder said. "I couldn't lay it up as far down there as I wanted because I couldn't tell if it was going to be a flier or if it was going to come out soft. I played for the flier because of the water down there, and it came out soft." He followed the eagle with birdies on 17 and 18 to make the turn in 6-under 30. He made one bogey and one birdie on his second nine.
Molder had missed the cut in three of his previous four appearances at this tournament; he tied for 10th in 2011.