Napa, California – Thirty-year-old Kevin Tway walked out from behind the shadow of his father Sunday at Silverado. Bob Tway watched from home in Oklahoma as his son outlasted Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker in overtime, winning after his third straight birdie in a playoff to capture victory for the first time on the PGA Tour.
Being the son of 8 time PGA Tour winner Bob Tway had it’s challenges, but when Kevin finally beat his Dad at age 16, it was a hurdle that had great significance. “I remember it because leading up to that, when we were pretty close, he’d look over and be like “You know I’m going to birdie the last two holes to beat you,” said Kevin. “And he would, every single time. I’d go home pissed, crying, going, ‘Mom, Dad did it again.’ ”
Snedeker looked to be in control, but finished regulation bogey-par to Tway (playing in the same group) who made up the 3 stroke deficit going birdie-birdie to finish tied at 14 under par after a final round 71. Ryan Moore fired a final round 67 to also make the playoff, birdied the first two holes in the playoff, but could not match Tway’s run (which reached five in a row – 17 & 18 in regulation, followed by 3 straight in the playoff). Snedeker shot 74 in regulation and then made par on the first hole of sudden death to be eliminated.
After being in contention thru two rounds Phil Mickelson faded to a tie for 17th after rounds of 74-72 on the weekend to finish at 8 under par.