Bryce Molder has endured numerous top 10 finishes without a win on the PGA Tour, two blown 54-hole leads and a stretch of 10 missed cuts in 13 2011 events. He's finally put all of that behind him.
Molder emerged from an epic six-hole playoff with a winning birdie on the last to beat third-round leader Briny Baird and win the Frys.com Open, his first win on the PGA Tour after an up-and-down career.
The 32-year-old Arkansas native shot a seven-under 64 Sunday to finish 72 holes at 17-under 267 along with Baird (67) before winning to earn a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. Although it was all but certain Molder would retain his tour card for 2012 with his standing on the money list, it's a relief to maintain it for 2013, as well.
A four-time first-team All-American and teammate of Matt Kuchar at Georgia Tech, Molder has spent a considerable portion of his early career on the Nationwide Tour, including a second stint following a poor rookie year on the PGA Tour in 2007. He made it back in 2009 and has been there ever since, but was unable to push through for a victory.
Tiger Woods became an afterthought on Sunday, overshadowed by the playoff and his relative non-contention. He finished tied for 30th at seven-under 277 after his third straight 68 in the final round.
At least Tiger got a hot dog out of it.