Tway seals first PGA win in playoff

Tway seals first PGA win in playoff

Kevin Tway birdied all three playoff holes in a row to win his first ever PGA Tour title at the Safeway Open, defeating Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore in sudden death.

The 30-year-old, son of 1986 US PGA Championship victor Bob Tway, beat Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker after all three finished on 14 under.

Tway birdied the final two holes of the final round, then birdied three straight playoff holes, the last one to clinch the win.

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.

Tway had looked an unlikely victor earlier in the day as Snedeker increased his third-round lead from three shots to five during a solid front nine.

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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.

For Tway it was his breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour. Even for the round through 15 holes after two birdies and two bogeys, he roared home with a three-foot birdie at the par five 16th and a seven-footer at 17. "I was proud of how I played".

"I'm gonna look back on that one in a few years as, man, I really gave that one away", Snedeker said.

"I was just trying to put the ball in the fairway, which was very hard", Tway said. "I played 63 holes of really damn good golf and nine holes I'd like to have back".

The trio finished regulation at 14-under 274, one stroke ahead of five others. Troy Merritt carded a 68, Sam Ryder and Australian Aaron Baddeley fired 69s and Web.com Tour graduate Im Sung-jae of South Korea posted a 71 to complete the group at 13-under.

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