NORTON, Mass. — Faced with an uphill climb going into the Deutsche Bank Championship, former Conway golfer Bryce Molder got on a roll and sailed into next week’s BMW Classic at Indianapolis.
Molder birdied the 18th hole Monday to finish an even-par day and finished ninth overall in the tournament at 11-under.
However, the placement wasn’t as important as the points he picked up in the FedEx Cup. He began the tourney at 93rd in the FedEx standings. After Monday’s finish, he stands 45th, representing the biggest movement of any golfer this week.
The top 70 golfers in the point standings advance to next week’s BMW Classic, the third leg of the FedEx championship.
Molder, who was tied for fifth at one point, had two bogeys on the back nine, falling back in the pack. He stabilized things with a birdie on No. 18 to finish at even par for the afternoon.
Rory McElroy held off third-round leader Louis Oosthuizen to win the Deustche Bank championship at 20-under. McElroy became won his fifth PGA Tour event at age 23 and is now No. 1 in the world rankings.
The final-round was characterized by one of Tiger Woods’ strongest final rounds in the last couple of years. He finished at 18-under to finish third.