Washington - Bryce Molder, seeking his
first US PGA title in five years, fired a bogey-free six-under par 64 to grab a
one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the Dean and Deluca
The 37-year-old American, whose only tour
triumph came at the 2011 Frys.com Open, birdied his last four holes at Colonial
to grab a one-stroke lead over compatriots Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson and
India's Anirban Lahiri at Fort Worth, Texas.
"I got some good looks late,"
said Molder, who began on the 10th tee and opened with nine pars.
"I may have just been still asleep. it
was dark and cloudy. We were laughing they were about to blow the horn for
Molder blasted out of a greenside bunker at
the par-5 first hole to two feet and then put his approach at the second hole
to three feet to begin his last nine holes with back-to-back birdies.
In his closing birdie run, Molder sank two
11-foot putts, an 18-footer putt to end his round and a 20-footer at the
seventh after blasting out of a fairway bunker.
"These bunkers are so good. They're
perfect. You aren't going to aim for them but they are really nice,"
"I was fortunate to get that
20-footer. You get them on line on these greens and they are going to go
Lahiri, another back-nine starter, had a
rocky start. He found a bunker at the par-5 11th but blasted to eight feet and
sank a birdie putt, then followed with a 20-foot birdie at 14.
But Lahiri made bogeys at 15, missing the
fairway on his first two shots, and 17, 3-putting from 17 feet, before making
the turn with a six-foot birdie putt at 18.
Lahiri missed a three-foot birdie putt at
the par-5 first, but used it to help him surge to the finish, making birdies at
the second after blasting from a fairway bunker to inches from the cup, the
sixth and seventh on solid putts and the last by blasting from a fairway bunker
to four feet and making the putt.
"I hit it pretty good all day,"
Lahiri said. "I got my focus back after that miss on one and got rolling.
The last nine holes we played were ideal for scoring. If you can find enough
fairways you can really take advantage."
Lahiri said Colonial's layout reminded him
of one of his favourite courses, the Delhi Golf Club in his homeland.
"You have to think your way
around," he said. "I really enjoy tracts like this."
Reed missed a five-foot par putt to bogey
the par-3 fourth but made a 40-foot birdie putt at the seventh and a 20-foot
birdie putt at the par-3 eighth, his penultimate hole of the day.
Simpson started on the back nine, birdied
the first and second holes to reach 5-under, then answered his lone bogey at
the fourth with a 20-foot birdie putt at the fifth and closed with four birdies
to share second.