Bryce Molder’s nerve-jangling victory at the FRYS.com Open on 9 October was his first on the tour. In a day when big names like Ernie Els and Paul Casey struggled to match his stunning final round 64 and Tiger Woods was seemingly pestered by a man flinging hot dogs (!), Molder triumphed when he defeated Briny Baird on the sixth play-off hole, sinking a 6-foot birdie putt after a dramatic marathon play off.
Molder is a Titleist staff player and outlined below are the clubs he used to record superb final rounds of 65 and 64, to win the FRYS.com championship.
The Driver: Titleist 909D3 (9.5 deg) Mitsubishi Rayon Blue Board 73 shaft
Bryce has never been the longest player off the tee (ranked 160th currently on the PGA Tour), but his Titleist 909D3 driver does allow him superb accuracy and ball placement when it is in his hands (36th in Driving Accuracy stats). During the four days of action at CordeValle in winning the FRYS.com Open, Molder averaged a driving distance of just 272 yards, but his driving accuracy was just a tad below 86 per cent, which allowed him to hit 83.3 per cent of the greens in regulation.
Fairway Woods/Hybrids: Titleist 909F2 (13.5 deg) Mitsubishi Rayon Blue Board 83 shaft
Titleist 910H (20 deg) Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
Molder opts to have only one fairway wood and one hybrid in his bag during a typical competition round. This is somewhat unusual given his lack of length from the tee, which means he may use these clubs more than a longer hitter. Still, given his performance in his victory in early October, it is a choice which certainly seems to suit his game and does afford him greater flexibility in his choice of wedges to carry in his bag.
Irons 3 to 9: Titleist 712CB True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
Molder’s driving may not be the longest and it is fair to say that for the most part this season, his iron play hasn’t been that spectacular either. Obviously, that changed at the weekend with some superb iron shots peppering the flag, but for the majority of the season Molder has found hitting the green (879 times out of 1368 holes for a 64.25 percentage) somewhat troublesome, ranking as he does 119th on the PGA Tour list for greens in regulation.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey (47, 54, 60 deg)
A highlight of Molder’s play during his victory on the tour was the fact that every time he ended up in the sand, he managed to get down in two. His 100% save rate from the sand shows that Molder is a very good wedge player, especially from a hazard. It is not just an isolated incident, Molder is currently 15th on the PGA Tour for sand saves over the course of the season.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Titleist Studio Select Newport
If Molder’s resume reads like that of an average driver and iron player, then it is on the green where Molder shines. He is currently 4th in the list for strokes gained while putting and his Scotty Cameron putter was red hot at the weekend when he averaged a little over 1.5 putts on the green. None more important than that last six-footer that earned him the victory.
Golf ball: Titleist Pro V1x
One of the most popularly played golf balls on tour, the Pro V1x is Molder’s choice of ball to play. It offers both great distance from the tee allied to feel and control and Molder certainly put that to good use in four days around CordeValle.
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