Amateur Molder Plays Like a Pro


The only remaining amateur in the field at the U.S. Open doesnt look like hes just here for the experience. Bryce Molder, who just completed his collegiate eligibility at Georgia Tech, shot a 2-under-par 68 Saturday and is making vague rumblings about wanting to win.
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One thing you dont do is just play for the cut, said the 22-year-old, who made the cut on the nose at 6-over-par and now stands at 4-over going into the final round. I feel if I try to play well enough to win, the cut wont matter. I had to think about it seriously because after 27 holes I was three over the cut-line. But that is a bad way to have to play.
But it just depends on the three guys who are tied for the lead (after the second round). If they get a couple more under par, realistically my chances arent that great. But Tiger, four or five years ago, was down nine shots, and they asked him, Are you just going to practice some stuff for the next tournament?
SAVANNAH, GA - APRIL 25:  Playing partners Joey Sindelar (L) and John Cook (R) walk off the 18th green during the second round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa on April 25, 2009 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) Bryce Molder sure isn't playing like an amateur
And he said, No. His point was, if I play as good as I possibly can play, I can still win. And youve seen how things can happen out there. So you just never know.
Molder is playing his second U.S. Open after missing the cut as a 20-year-old in 1999 at Pinehurst. He didnt play last year, and like any collegian, the Open experience was a bit overwhelming when he first put a tee in the ground Thursday.
Starting out, I was a little bit ' I was definitely nervous, Molder said. Its tough getting comfortable out here. That makes it tough.
But just having a swing thought helped me a little bit. Ive hit my irons great all week. It was just hitting off the tee (which has been a problem.)
Molder will turn professional in the fall, but first he has several big amateur tournaments to play this summer. He is getting more and more into the feeling of being a pro, however, the more he plays with the pros.
This just kind of reinstates in my mind how I feel ' I feel like Im not there yet, I feel like Ive got some work, but I also feel like when I play really well, I can play with any of the guys out here, he said.
You play junior golf and you reach the top, then you go to college and you get knocked down a little. Then you work hard to make the top of the college ranks and you come out here and you get knocked down again. But this (the Open) is really good for me. I can take this experience with me and know that I can shoot some good scores out here.
Molder has delayed turning pro so he could play in the Walker Cup and U.S. Amateur, which is Aug. 20-26 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech uses East Lake as one of its home courses.
Even though he played at Georgia Tech, Molders from Conway, Ark., the adjoining state, and he used to live in Tulsa, home of Southern Hills. He found out he has lots of fans here. The fact that hes the lone amateur remaining also generates attention.
Just hearing my name so many times ' Im not used to hearing my name this often, said Molder. That means a lot, it really does, I cant tell you how good it makes me feel. You dont know how good it makes you feel when you walk up and hit just an okay shot and to have everybody clap. It feels great.