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Molder leads, Phil misses cut

2010-05-29 06:43
Missed the cut (File)
Fort Worth - American Bryce Molder fired a career-best eight-under-par 62 to take the lead after the second round of the $6.2 million PGA Tour Colonial on Friday.

Molder got to 13-under with his round to take a one-shot lead over first-round co-leader Jason Bohn. He is two shots ahead of Kris Blanks and England's Brian Davis.

Molder had a chance to match the course record of 61, but missed an eight-foot birdie putt at the final hole.

"I read it correctly, lined it up correctly, felt like I was playing too much break, and I kind of just let myself pull it, I think, instead of just trusting my line," Molder said. "But you certainly get a little bit of excitement when you start shooting a low score."

The 31-year-old journeyman has split time between the PGA and Nationwide tours since his professional debut eight years ago.

Fellow American Phil Mickelson could have overtaken Tiger Woods for the No 1 spot in the world ranking with a win at Colonial.

But Mickelson missed the cut at four over, failing to become one of the 76 players who made the cut which stood at two-under.

Mickelson won't take part in the Colonial's second "Pink Out" on Saturday.

The first "Pink Out" was held last year when Mickelson was unable to defend his 2008 Colonial title because his wife, Amy, had learned she had had breast cancer. A few weeks after that, Mickelson found out that his mother also had breast cancer.

"Although I will not be here to partake in it, I will be wearing pink tomorrow," Mickelson said before going home to San Diego to be with Amy, whose birthday is on Monday.

Mickelson's return to Colonial began with birdies on the first two holes on Thursday. But he had only three more birdies while shooting six over his last 34 holes and missing his first cut in 11 tournaments this year.

Molder has hit 32 of 36 greens in regulation this week and 22 of 28 fairways. He has one bogey, that coming Friday when he three-putted from 51 feet at the difficult par-three fourth hole.

Leading second-round scores on Friday in the $6.2 million Colonial (USA unless noted, par-70):

127 - Bryce Molder 65-62

128 - Jason Bohn 63-65

129 - Brian Davis (GBR) 64-65, Kris Blanks 65-64

130 - Jeff Overton 63-67, Boo Weekley 67-63

131 - Corey Pavin 67-64, John Mallinger 65-66, Carl Pettersson (SWE) 65-66, Zach Johnson 65-66

132 - John Merrick 66-66, Ben Crane 68-64, Kenny Perry 68-64, Ricky Barnes 66-66

Notable others:

133 - Aron Price (AUS) 65-68

134 - James Nitties (AUS) 68-66

135 - Greg Chalmers (AUS) 70-65, Matt Jones (AUS) 69-66, Nathan Green (AUS) 65-70, Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 69-66

136 - Henrik Stenson 67-69, Paul Casey (GBR) 66-70, Angel Cabrera (ARG) 68-68, John Senden (AUS) 69-67, Graham DeLaet (CAN) 68-68, Michael Sim (AUS) 69-67, Mike Weir (CAN) 68-68, Martin Laird (GBR) 69-67

137 - Charlie Wi (KOR) 68-69, Jason Day (AUS) 66-71, Justin Rose (GBR) 67-70, Fredrik Jacobson (SWE) 68-69, Tim Clark (RSA) 67-70, Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 70-67, Vijay Singh (FIJ) 67-70

138 - Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 67-71, Ian Poulter (GBR) 69-69, Stephen Ames (CAN) 68-70

Failed to make cut:

139 - Trevor Immelman (RSA) 71-68

140 - Stuart Appleby (AUS) 72-68, Rod Pampling (AUS) 70-70, Ryuji Imada (JPN) 69-71

141 - Yang Yong-eun (KOR) 73-68, Byeong-Hun An (KOR) 71-70, Steve Elkington (AUS) 71-70, Yuta Ikeda (JPN) 72-69

142 - Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 73-69

144 - Phil Mickelson 71-73, Andres Romero (ARG) 75-69

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