Molder wins Frys.com Open in six-hole playoff
Bryce Molder won the Frys.com Open after the longest playoff this year on the PGA Tour.
Molder made a 6-foot birdie putt on the sixth extra hole Sunday at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., to outlast Briny Baird and capture his first tour victory in his 132nd attempt.
Molder rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation to close with a 7-under 64 and force a playoff. He had to play the hole three more times – including a par he saved from a hazard on the fourth playoff hole – before he could claim the win.
Baird is now 0 for 348 in his 12 years on tour.
Tiger Woods finished 10 shots behind in a tie for 30th in his first tournament in seven weeks.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season and ninth overall title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to edge Na Yeon Choi by a stroke.
The 22-year-old Taiwanese star, the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open winner, finished at 14-under 202 on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course.
Choi, the 2009 and 2010 winner, shot a 68.
Tseng earned $270,000 to push her tour-leading total to $2,396,838. She has 11 victories in four full seasons on the LPGA Tour.
Brittany Lincicome (66), Jamin Jang (68) and second-round leader Soo-Jin Yang (71) tied for third at 11 under. Michelle Wie had a 69 to tie for 35th at 1 under.
Edwall, Wash., resident Wendy Ward shot a final-round 73 to finish at 219.
At Cheonan, South Korea, Rickie Fowler won the OneAsia Tour’s Korea Open for his first professional title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a six-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
The 22-year-old Fowler, the 2010 PGA Tour rookie of the year, finished at 16 under at Woo Jeong Hills and earned $249,864. He opened with rounds of 67 and 70 and shot a 63 on Saturday.
McIlroy finished with a 64. South Korea’s Kim Meen-whee (71) was third at 10 under, and countryman Y.E. Yang (75) followed at 5 under.
Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship for his first Champions Tour title when heavy rain washed out the final round at The Woodlands, Texas.
Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead at 10-under at The Woodlands Country Club.
Tommy Armour III was second, and Eduardo Romero finished two strokes back. Jay Haas, Olin Browne and Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman (70) followed at 7 under, and winner Fred Couples was 4 under.