Molder made a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole—the fourth time he had to play the closing hole at Cordevalle 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 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.
They finished at 17-under 267, and then looked as though they would never finish.
Bud Cauley, the 21-year-old who turned pro this summer, shot 66 and finished third to earn $340,000.
Woods had three rounds in the 60s for the first time in more than a year on the PGA Tour, although he finished 10 shots behind in a tie for 30th. It a year lost mainly to left leg injuries, it was his ninth and final tour start.