Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Tway wins Safeway Open for first PGA Tour title

Tway wins Safeway Open for first PGA Tour title

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.

Snedeker, the overnight leader, dropped out of the play-off on the first hole after Tway and Moore made birdies at the 18th and he could only manage par.

Moore also birdied the first two playoff holes to stay alive, but he missed his birdie attempt at No. 10 before Tway sank the victor. That honor, at least for most of Sunday, appeared to be solidly in line for Brandt Snedeker, who entered the day with a three-shot lead and still held the lead with three holes to play.

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.

Tway's father, Bob Tway, also secured his first victory in a playoff 32 years ago at Torrey Pines, making them the 10th father and son Tour winners.

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. "I hit some good shots in the playoff, birdied a couple holes and today just wasn't good enough". After another two birdies on the par-5 18th, Tway ended things with another birdie on the par-4 10th hole.

But he immediately gave the shot back at the 17th, where he was far left off the tee and in the pine straw under a tree.

"I'm really proud of the way I stepped up there and hit some quality shots when I needed to", Sneaker said. "It sucks right now".

"It's done, and I didn't do it", he said.

Aaron Baddeley, who earned a spot in the tournament through the Monday qualifier, birdied the last hole to shoot 69 and finished one stroke back in a tie for fourth with Luke List (67), Troy Merritt (68), Sam Ryder (69) and Sungjae Im (71) of South Korea.

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