Tway wins Safeway Open playoff for 1st PGA Tour title
Oct 11 2018
Kevin Tway capitalised on overnight Brandt Snedeker's collapse to win his maiden PGA Tour title on Sunday, triumphing in a sudden-death playoff to claim the Safeway Open.
The 30-year-old, son of 1986 US PGA Championship victor Bob Tway, beat Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker after all three finished on 14 under.
The remaining duo repeated that before heading to the par-four 10th, where Tway made another birdie to clinch the crown. "I knew the first part of the back nine was going to be playing tough, I was just trying to survive", said Snedeker, who kept his cool as his lead dwindled.
Phil Mickelson, who started the day sharing second three strokes behind Snedeker, had his struggles, including a double-bogey six at the eighth on the way to a two-over 74.
It was the first PGA Tour victory for Tway, the son of 1986 PGA Championship victor Bob.
That included three in a row at 10, 11 and 12, and that was enough to see his lead evaporate as Moore birdied 15, 16 and 18 to reach 14-under with a five-under par final-round of 67. "On a day like today it's not about necessarily how you're swinging, it's about how you just get the ball in the hole and somehow I managed to do that".
Tway rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 10th green to complete a stellar finish at Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course.
"I'm going to look back on that one in a few years, really gave that one away", Snedeker told reporters.
"It's done, and I didn't do it", he said. I was kind of right there, but kind of hanging around.
The 20-year-old finished regulation at 13-under 275, after carding a 71 in the final round with four birdies against three bogeys.