Kevin Tway wins Safeway Open playoff for 1st PGA Tour title

Ruben Hill
October 11, 2018

The son of eight-time PGA Tour victor Bob Tway, the 30-year-old former Oklahoma State player beat Ryan Moore on the par-4 10th after Brandt Snedeker dropped out on their first extra trip down the par-5 18th.

He had birdied 17 and 18 in regulation to complete a one-under par 71 at Silverado Resort in Napa, California, finishing tied with Moore and Snedeker on 14-under par 274.

Tway rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at the third hole of sudden death to win the first event of the United States tour's 2018-19 season over Ryan Moore at Silverado Resort in Napa, California.

The nine-time PGA Tour victor bogeyed the first three holes on the back nine, birdied the par-5 16th, bogeyed the par-4 17th and parred the 18th, missing from 9 feet.

With an opening nine of 3 under 33, Baddeley moved within four of then leader Brandt Snedeker and when Snedeker struggled early in his back nine the Australian's chances of a potential 5th PGA Tour title improved greatly.

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.

Snedeker dropped out on the first hole (the 18th) after his birdie putt slid by.

It was the first PGA Tour victory for Tway, the son of 1986 PGA Championship victor Bob.

At 18, his putt from off the green left him a tap-in for his fifth birdie of the day and a 16-under total of 200.

"It's done, and I didn't do it", he said. "I played 63 holes of really damn good golf and nine holes I'd like to have back". "It sucks right now, but I'm playing next week".

Snedeker said he'd remember the event as one he "gave away". Count the birdie on the 17th hole in regulation and Tway finished with five straight.

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