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2011 Fry' Open: Bryce Molder Beats Briny Baird In Sudden Death Playoff For 1st PGA Tour Win

Briny Baird has spent 12 years as a winless journeyman on the PGA Tour. Bryce Molder has done the same for 10. But someone had to win the Fry' Open this Sunday as Baird and Molder found themselves in a sudden death playoff, with Molder holing the winning putt on the sixth playoff hole, hoisting the trophy for the first time ever in his pro career. 

Baird began the day atop the leaderboard, but looked like he may have lost his chance on the back nine. But after driving the green on the par four 17th lead to a miraculous eagle two, finishing the day with a -4 67.  Molder made a charge from behind after firing a sizzling 64, including dropping a birdie putt from distance to force the playoff at CordeValle resort in San Martin. The two battled each other and the setting sun for six holes, with both players blowing chances to seal the deal. But it was Molder who made the winning birdie on the par four 18th. 

Tiger Woods looked primed to make some noise this afternoon with birdies on four of his first six holes, but slowed down on his back nine, perhaps partially because someone threw off his concentration by trying to hit him with a hot dog. He finished -7 for the week after his third straight 68. Bud Cauley finished solo third at -15, while Ernie Els and Shane Bertsch finshed tied for fifth at -14. 

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