Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Tway wins Safeway on third play-off hole
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Wine not included.

Teeing Off


First tournament of the season. First win of Kevin Tway’s career. Not a bad way to get started, even though he had to wait three extra holes as it took a playoff to decide the new Safeway Open champion. Tway, son of eight-time US PGA TOUR winner Bob Tway, was knocking on the door with six top-25 finishes last season, including three top-10s, and a FedExCup Playoffs run that lasted until the BMW Championship.
Standing in his way were 54-hole leader Brandt Snedeker, who was looking to make it double digit wins, and Ryan Moore, who has lifted six TOUR trophies. Snedeker missed out after the first playoff hole with a par, with Tway making three straight birdies to close out the title. Wine country certainly isn’t a bad place for your first trip to the winner’s circle.


The sweet-swinging, laid-back, cooler-than-cool Fred Couples played in his final non-major US PGA TOUR event at the Safeway Open. But it wasn’t the farewell party for a legend that sometimes happens, shooting 85 and getting a standing ovation after every shot, no matter where it lands.
The World Golf Hall of Famer made the cut, shot 75 in the final round and finished T41. And he ignited the crowd on Saturday with a hole-out from the bunker for eagle. Back issues have plagued Couples, 59, throughout his career, and one has to wonder how many more victories he would have racked up if he’d had Tiger Woods’ doctor back in the day.
Still, 15 US PGA TOUR victories, two wins at THE PLAYERS Championship, 500 made cuts and a Green Jacket is nothing to sniff at. Couples is still a force on the US Seniors PGA TOUR Champions when his back allows, and he’s made some noise at the Masters deep into his 50s. Couples has won 13 times on tthe over-50s circui, including twice in 2017. So we will still get to see one of the best swings the game has ever known. 


A concussion, collapsed lung, six broken ribs and a fractured left leg. That’s what Bud Cauley suffered after a car crash in June. When he regained consciousness as the paramedics removed him from the car, his first thought was if he would survive. His golf career was a secondary thought. But after months of recovery, he slowly regained his health. And his golf game.
Cauley made his return last week at the Safeway Open where he made the cut and finished T46. Many of his US PGA TOUR brethren, including former FedExCup champion Justin Thomas, celebrated his return. Cauley plans on playing a full season, but no matter what happens, his return in Napa might be most memorable.


The PGA TOUR heads to Asia for the next three events, starting with the CIMB Classic where Pat Perez is the defending champion. That win prompted the fun-loving Perez to a magical season, including four top-10s and $2.9 million in earnings. He and his wife Ashley also had their first child during the FedExCup Playoffs. Following the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur, the TOUR heads to South Korea for THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES where Justin Thomas defends, then to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions where FedExCup champion Justin Rose sets up his defense.
 For those not making the trip abroad, the Sanderson Farms Championship will take place during the second week of the Asian jaunt. 

Video Of The Week

The Turn


"He always told me I had the talent. I don't think I believed him until now." – Kevin Tway on his father, Bob. Dad knows best.

by the numbers

  • Kevin and Bob Tway become the 10th father/son duo to win on TOUR.
  • Tway was one of three players to play the final three holes 8 under for the week. Clutch when it counts.
  • In Round 1, Phil Mickelson was on fire, rolling in six birdies in a row just one off his record seven set in 1997.
  • Fred Couples’ hole-out eagle on Moving Day was his first eagle on TOUR in over five years. Not a bad highlight to end on.
  • Looking ahead to next week, Pat Perez hit 62 of 72 greens en route to his CIMB Classic victory. Don’t miss in Malaysia



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