Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder had a strong back nine on Saturday to earn himself a share of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
After birdies on both par 5’s on the front, Molder’s third round 64 really picked up steam on the par 4 12th hole. He birdied that hole, and then the next three on his way to posting a 5 under par 30 on the back 9. “Once you make one, the hole looks a lot bigger,” Molder noted.
Molder started the week 32 on the Nationwide Tour Official Money List and this former member of the PGA Tour (2002, 2007) knows Saturday’s round didn’t guarantee him a return trip. “I have a lot of work to do tomorrow to head back to the Tour. Right now I’m trying to chase down and win a golf tournament.”
The weather report for Sunday is calling for more wind than the field has seen so far, and perhaps even some late day rain. Bryce commented, “It’s going to be a tough day and if the wind picks up, you’re just going to have to be a little more patient.”
Molder is confident enough in his ball striking to know that he has the shots to combat any conditions. Of the shots he know he can hit under pressure, Molder said “The best shot I have going for me right now is a little bunt driver. It’s a lower ball flight and doesn’t spin as much; it doesn’t get off line and I just feel comfortable hitting it so that’s been my go-to shot.”
Molder uses a 909 D3 to hit that “go-to” shot. He put in play earlier this season and told us, “I get the same shot pattern as my last Titleist driver but the spin rate is a little less. The first week I used it, I hit the balls as long as I had hit it all year so I kept it in the bag!”