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Molder outlasts Baird

Bryce Molder was the last man standing at the Frys.com Open, winning the longest playoff on the PGA Tour this season. Bryce Molder was the last man standing at the Frys.com Open, winning the longest playoff on the PGA Tour this season. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Associated Press / October 10, 2011

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Bryce Molder had to wait 132 tournaments before winning for the first time on the PGA Tour. He didn’t mind going an extra six holes yesterday in the Frys.com Open in the longest playoff of the year.

Molder made a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole - the fourth time he had to play the closing hole at Cordevalle in San Martin, Calif., in 90 minutes - to outlast Briny Baird in a playoff that both players had chances to win.

“It’s a little surreal right now,’’ Molder said. “That’s a lot of golf today.’’

And there was a lot of action.

Tiger Woods managed to make news when a fan ran toward the seventh green as he was putting and tossed a hot dog in his direction. The 31-year-old man was arrested and never came close to Woods.

“I guess he wanted to be in the news,’’ Woods said. “And I’m sure he will be.’’

It was the 17th playoff this year on the PGA Tour, setting a record dating to the modern era that began in 1970.

Baird looked like a winner when he chipped in from short of the 17th green for eagle in regulation to take a one-shot lead. In the group ahead of him, Molder rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to close with a 7-under-par 64, which got him into the playoff.

Baird, who now is 0 for 348 in his 12 years trying to win on tour, shot a 4-under 67. He twice had birdie putts on the 18th in the playoff to win, missing from 8 feet and 12 feet. Molder had three chances to win with eagle putts on the 284-yard 17th, missing from 20 feet, 15 feet, and 12 feet, all from about the same line.

They finished at 17-under 267, and then looked as though they would never finish.

Bud Cauley, a 21-year-old who turned pro this summer, shot 66 and finished third to earn $340,000, which looks as if it will be enough for him to earn a card next year without having to go through Q School.

LPGA - Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for her sixth tour victory of the season and ninth overall title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to edge Na Yeon Choi by a stroke.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese star, the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open winner, finished at 14-under 202 on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course. Choi, the 2009 and 2010 winner, shot a 68.

Brittany Lincicome (66), Jamin Jang (68), and second-round leader Soo-Jin Yang (71) tied for third at 11 under. Michelle Wie had a 69 to tie for 35th.

OneAsia - Rickie Fowler won the Korea Open in Cheonan for his first professional title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a six-stroke victory over US Open champion Rory McIlroy.

The 22-year-old Fowler, the 2010 PGA Tour rookie of the year, finished at 16 under at Woo Jeong Hills and earned $249,864. He opened with rounds of 67 and 70 and shot a 63 on Saturday.

Champions - At The Woodlands, Texas, Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship for his first tour title when heavy rain washed out the final round.

Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour from Barrington, R.I., who turned 50 Aug. 1, shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead at 10 under.

European - Lee Slattery won the Madrid Masters for his first tour title, finishing with a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory over Lorenzo Gagli. Stattery had a 15-under 273 total at El Encin Golf Hotel. Gagli closed with a 70. Top-ranked Luke Donald, the winner last year, had a 72 to tie for 11th at 8 under.

Senior PGA Professional - At Aldie, Va., Kirk Hanefeld of Acton, Mass., won the title for the second time in four years, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Ken Martin.

The 55-year-old Hanefeld shot a 3-over 75 - the highest closing round by a winner in the showcase event for senior PGA pros - to finish at 6-under 282. Martin, from Wellington, Fla., had a two-stroke lead after 16 holes, but bogeyed the final two holes for a 74.