Kevin Tway triumphs in playoff at Safeway Open

He beat Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker to claim his first ever PGA Tour victory

Kevin Tway after winning the Safeway Open in Napa, California. Photograph: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Kevin Tway after winning the Safeway Open in Napa, California. Photograph: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

 

It has been 15 years since Bob Tway recorded the eighth and final PGA Tour victory of his career and on Sunday it was his son Kevin’s turn to savour that winning feeling after he survived a three-way playoff to win the Safeway Open.

Tway, who said his victory had probably reduced his father to tears, beat Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker to claim the title in Napa, northern California.

Snedeker had squandered a five-shot lead during the final round before being eliminated at the first extra hole at the Silverado Resort, Tway then sinking a 10-foot birdie at the third extra hole to beat Moore.

It was the first PGA Tour victory for the 30-year-old, who was born less than two years after his father won the 1986 PGA Championship.

Kevin and Bob are the 10th father-son duo to record PGA Tour victories, Tour data showed.

“I think he’s probably crying to be honest,” said Tway of his father, who had been watching on television.

“He’s pretty proud of me. I talk with dad every night. He’s probably the biggest person I lean on. I can’t wait to call him.

“It’s been a long road but this is why you work hard. Finally got here and it feels amazing.”

Snedeker had looked set to claim the opening event of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season until he made three successive bogeys from the 10th hole.

His retreat let the pack back into contention in what turned into a wild finish in conditions that started out extremely windy before abating by the final few holes.

Snedeker shot a two-over-par 74, Moore a 67 and Tway 71.

The trio finished regulation at 14-under 274, one stroke ahead of five others.

Tway birdied the final two holes of regulation, two-putting the par-five 18th to join the playoff.

After Tway and Moore twice birdied the 18th in the playoff, they continued at the par-four 10th, where Tway finally prevailed just before sunset.

Moore, who started the day seven shots behind Snedeker, was happy just to have been in contention.

“This was a bonus, just to be in this position to have a chance to win,” he added.

“When I got done with my round there were plenty of guys with plenty of holes left. I was proud of how I played.”

Safeway Open (USA unless stated, par 72):

274 Kevin Tway 68 67 68 71(Tway won play-off at third hole), Brandt Snedeker 66 65 69 74, Ryan Moore 67 67 73 67

275 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 70 67 69 69, Luke List 70 69 69 67, Sam Ryder 69 70 67 69, Sungjae Imn (Kor) 66 69 69 71, Troy Merritt 67 70 70 68

277 J.B. Holmes 70 70 69 68

278 Jim Knous 73 67 69 69, Danny Lee (Nzl) 69 68 72 69, Bill Haas 70 68 67 73, Chase Wright 64 72 70 72

279 Adam Schenk 67 69 70 73, Julian Etulain (Arg) 68 69 72 70, Harold Varner III 70 69 68 72

280 Hunter Mahan 70 68 70 72, Phil Mickelson 65 69 74 72, Michael Thompson 69 65 75 71, Lucas Glover 69 70 69 72, Patrick Cantlay 69 68 73 70, Nate Lashley 68 69 70 73, Cameron Davis (Aus) 70 70 72 68, Tom Hoge 71 70 69 70

281 Peter Malnati 68 68 71 74, Cameron Champ 70 71 72 68, Tyler McCumber 72 68 70 71, Kevin Streelman 68 68 72 73, Brett Drewitt (Aus) 70 71 69 71, Patrick Rodgers 71 69 71 70, Johnson Wagner 70 67 72 72, Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 67 71 71 72

282 Richy Werenski 67 73 71 71, Wyndham Clark 66 72 72 72, Whee Kim (Kor) 72 68 69 73, Ryan Blaum 71 70 70 71, Mackenzie Hughes (Can) 66 71 74 71, Alex Prugh 66 70 71 75, Chez Reavie 69 69 71 73, Jonas Blixt (Swe) 70 69 71 72

283 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 72 66 73 72, Grayson Murray 71 69 70 73, Adam Svensson (Can) 69 69 75 70, J.J. Spaun 72 66 70 75, Fred Couples 73 65 70 75

284 Bud Cauley 70 69 69 76, JT Poston 66 70 73 75, Joel Dahmen 71 69 70 74, Ben Crane 71 69 70 74, Sepp Straka (Aut) 63 72 78 71, Martin Laird (Sco) 67 70 71 76, Cameron Tringale 71 70 71 72

285 Brian Stuard 70 70 73 72, Brendan Steele 67 71 72 75, Carlos Ortiz (Mex) 71 68 70 76, Roberto Castro 69 72 70 74, Nick Taylor (Can) 71 67 74 73, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 69 72 70 74, Bronson Burgoon 69 72 69 75

286 Max Homa 72 68 73 73, Roger Sloan (Can) 67 72 72 75, Martin Trainer 75 66 71 74

287 Maverick McNealy 69 72 69 77, Adam Long 66 72 74 75, Fabian Gomez (Arg) 70 69 73 75

288 Andrew Landry 69 71 72 76, Tyrone Van Aswegen (Rsa) 69 69 75 75, Harris English 75 65 73 75

289 Ricky Barnes 75 61 76 77, Hudson Swafford 68 71 74 76, Seth Reeves 72 69 71 77, Tyler Duncan 69 70 73 77

290 Michael Kim 72 68 73 77

293 Brandon Harkins 68 71 71 83

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.