Tway wins Safeway Open for first PGA Tour title

Kevin Tway

Kevin Tway

"I'm kind of at a loss for words right now".

Tway rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at the third hole of sudden death to win the first event of the United States tour's 2018-19 season over Ryan Moore at Silverado Resort in Napa, California.

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.

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 a really good front nine in tough conditions, made the turn and actually drove the ball really well, just hit some really, really poor iron shots".

"I'm sure he's crying because he's pretty proud of me", said the younger Tway, whose only other pro victory came in the 2013 Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour.

"It's been a long road but this is why you work hard".

Tway, the 30-year-old son of Greg Norman's 1986 US PGA Championship nemesis Bob Tway, triumphed from Moore with a 10-foot birdie putt at the third play-off hole after Snedeker was eliminated at the first.

Tway shot a final round 71 to finish at 14-under par and get into the three-man playoff.

Moore matched Tway's birdies at the first and second playoff holes, before succumbing at the third - the par-four 10th.

"I'm going to look at that one in a few years and know I gave that one away", Snedeker said. Count the birdie on the 17th hole in regulation and Tway finished with five straight.

Luke List (67), Troy Merritt (68), Sam Ryder (69), Aaron Baddeley (69) and Im Sung-jae (71) were tied for fourth a shot further back.

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