Tway cashes in on Snedeker slip

08 October 2018 20:02:29 GMTPlus11

Kevin Tway secured his first PGA Tour title in a play-off after long-time leader Brandt Snedeker fell apart on the back nine at the Safeway Open in California.

Snedeker looked to be cruising to victory until making three straight bogeys at 10, 11 and 12. Another dropped shot at 17 saw him slip back to 14-under after a 74 and that 72-hole total was matched by Tway (71) and Ryan Moore (67).

Tway and Moore birdied the first extra hole to eliminate Snedeker in the play-off and the pair repeated the feat when they played 18 again. But at the third extra hole, Tway finally got it done with another birdie.

The 30-year is the son of eight-time PGA Tour champion Bob Tway and the victory made them the 10th father-and-son duo to win on tour.

In tough weather conditions, it gusted up to 40mph on the final day and Tway revealed later: "I grew up in the wind. I live in Jupiter (Florida) now where it's very windy so I have a good idea hitting the ball.

"It's a lot harder than you think to win. I've been doing this a long time and it's been a long road, but it's finally nice to get here."

The victory also gets Tway into next year's US Masters and he added: "I watched Dad play there probably 10 times. I said I would never play the course until I made it there as a player, so that's good. To play for myself, it's going to be pretty awesome."

Snedeker, meanwhile, reflected: "I'm going to look at that one in a few years and know I gave that one away."

It's 101.00 that Snedeker wins the US Masters this April.

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