Richard Heathcote Ryan Fox tees off at St Andrew's
11 October, 2018, 03:45
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.
Needing to birdie the par-5 18th to win, Snedeker instead found a fairway bunker off the tee, pushed his second shot into the rough and couldn't get closer than 48 feet with his approach.
Snedeker, who had at one point held a five-shot lead during the final round, was eliminated on the first play-off hole after only managing par, while Moore matched Tway's birdie and both then birdied the next.
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.
Snedeker, who started the day with a three-shot lead and led by five with 11 remaining in regulation, fell by the wayside with a par at the first playoff hole.
For Tway it was his breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour.
At 18, his putt from off the green left him a tap-in for his fifth birdie of the day and a 16-under total of 200. "It sucks right now, but I'm playing next week".
Tway, who said his victory had probably reduced his father to tears, beat Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker to claim the title in Napa, northern California. "I played 63 holes of really damn good golf and nine holes I'd like to have back".
Snedeker dropped out on the first hole (the 18th) after his birdie putt slid by.
"I'm going to look at that one in a few years and know I gave that one away", Snedeker said.
"It's done, and I didn't do it", he said.
The trio finished regulation at 14-under 274. 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.