NEW ORLEANS - Former Georgia Tech All-American Bryce Molder, trying to play his way onto the PGA Tour through sponsor exemptions, is one shot off the lead entering today's final round of the Compaq Classic.
Molder, who set the NCAA record for career scoring average (70.69), trails K.J. Choi, who is seeking to be the first South Korean to win a PGA Tour event.
Choi, the second-round leader, shot a 1-under-par 71 Saturday that left him at 12-under 204. Molder, who had a 69 Saturday, is tied for second place with John Rollins, who had a 68.
Molder, who missed the cut in his two previous tour events this season, led by a shot after 15 holes Saturday, but lost the lead when he bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17.
"I'm new to it, but it's still just golf," Molder said. "When I'm playing well, my game can stack up with anybody's."
First-round leader Dan Forsman had a 72, leaving him two shots off the pace at 10-under 206. Billy Andrade (68) was 9-under, and Chris DiMarco (70) topped a five-player group at 8-under.
BRUNO'S MEMORIAL CLASSIC: Larry Nelson shot two 6-under-par 66s to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Hale Irwin in the rain-soaked Senior PGA Tour event being played in Hoover, Ala.
Irwin birdied the final four holes and tied a tournament record with his second-round 63. He played 24 holes Saturday.
Sammy Rachels and George Archer were two strokes back at 10 under. Rachels birdied six of his final seven holes for a second-round 64. At 62, George Archer looked anything but his age with a pair of 67s and no bogeys in the first two rounds.
CHICK-FIL-A CHAMPIONSHIP: Eighty-one players, including leader Kelly Robbins, didn't even get on the course as rain forced LPGA Tour officials to shorten the event in Stockbridge, Ga., from 54 to 36 holes.
Robbins shot an 8-under-par 64 on Friday. Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Laura Diaz and Juli Inkster were 6-under. Pak completed seven holes in the second round, Webb played four holes and Diaz and Inkster did not start. Annika Sorenstam was 1-over after seven holes.
FRENCH OPEN: England's Malcolm Mackenzie, winless in 509 PGA European Tour starts, shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round in Versailles.
Mackenzie had a 14-under 202 total on Le Golf National's Albatross Course. Defending champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain and South Africa's Trevor Immelman were tied for second.
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