Molder Holds Lead as Play Suspended at Dean and Deluca
The start of the second round of the Dean and Deluca Invitational was suspended for over five hours due to rains in the area that pelted the course the night before and well into the morning. Play started shortly after noon but was brought to a halt on Friday evening due to darkness.
Bryce Molder, who currently leads the event at nine-under-par, will start his day a little earlier than usual on the 15th hole. Molder will look to eradicate the double bogey he had the par-4 12th hole and attempt to play as well as he has on the front-nine at Colonial Country Club. Molder has managed to notch 11 birdies and has yet to bogey a hole on the front nine. I would say that the back nine hasn’t been so kind to him but he’s only gone 2-over-par thanks to a double bogey on the 12th hole which isn’t great but his play on the front nine will definitely help pick up the slack. Now, it’ll be a question of if Molder will be able to put together 2 more quality rounds to capture his first win since 2011.
Molder had a spell from October 2015 to March 2016 where he couldn’t seem to put together quality rounds, missing seven of 10 cuts. Before this week, Molder hadn’t been outstanding, finishing on average in 27th place, but he definitely regained command over his game somewhere in between the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Since the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Molder hasn’t missed a cut but he also hasn’t cracked the top-five since November 2015 at the Sanderson Farms Championship so it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue to play at this level or if he’ll succumb to those surging up the leaderboard. Molder will start the process of finishing the second round at 7:30 AM CT.
The hometown favorite, Jordan Spieth, has one again found himself at near the top of the leaderboard but he’s also struggled late in tournaments this year posting seven rounds over par in the third and fourth day. Spieth current sits tied for third with Patrick Reed at seven-under-par and it could be assumed that he’s trying to avoid a repeat of last week’s fourth round struggles at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Spieth’s day three grouping and tee time has yet to be released.