Spieth sizzles with 66 but Molder takes one-stroke lead in Texas

Published: Sat 28 May 2016, 10:54 PM

Last updated: Sun 29 May 2016, 12:56 AM

Bryce Molder had a one-stroke lead with three holes to play Friday in the second round at Colonial when play was suspended because of darkness.
At 9 under, Molder was a stroke ahead of Webb Simpson and two in front of second-ranked Jordan Spieth and Patrik Reed. Simpson and Spieth completed their second rounds at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Simpson was 8 under after a 67. Spieth shot a 66 with four birdies in five holes after turning to the front nine. Reed had 10 holes left. He has a PGA Tour-high eight top-10 finishes this season.
The start of the round was delayed 5 1/2 hours after thunderstorms overnight that lingered into the morning. When the first groups teed off early in the afternoon, the sky was clearing and became bright and sunny. Play was stopped at 8:21 p.m. time with 61 of the 121 players still on the course. They will return to complete the second round Saturday morning, scheduled to resume just more than 11 hours after stopping. The third round will be played after the cut is made.
Molder was the first-round leader after an opening 64 with six birdies on the front nine at Hogan's Alley. He had five more birdies on that side Friday, which would translate to an 11-under 59 on Nos. 1-9 the first two days. In his first round, Molder was in the first group off the No. 10 tee on Thursday. He got to his seventh hole before a 75-minute weather delay, then came out to finish the seventh of his nine consecutive pars before all his birdies on the front side.
There were consecutive birdies after starting at No. 1 on Friday, and Molder hit his approach from 188 yards at the difficult fifth hole to 2 feet for another birdie. He chipped in from the front bunker at the par-3 eighth. His only slip-up through two days at Colonial was a double bogey at the 441-yard 12th, when he hit his first two shots into the rough and three-putted from 27 feet not long before play was stopped. Spieth, who started at the 10th, picked up four shots in five holes after the turn, including birdies at the difficult fourth and fifth. "That was a big back nine to climb back into contention. I was very pleased with that run there," ?Spieth said.
Spieth goes into the weekend in contention at home for the second week in a row, and at Colonial for the second year in a row. He tied for second at Hogan's Alley last year, one stroke behind Chris Kirk.

By Agencies

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