Tway clinches first PGA Tour victory in playoff in Napa

Danny Lee finished 10th equal at the 2018 Safeway Open in Napa California

Robert Laberge Danny Lee finished 10th equal at the 2018 Safeway Open in Napa California

Brandt Snedeker closed with three straight birdies in a three-under par 69 on Saturday to maintain his three-shot lead at the Safeway Open, the first event of the US PGA Tour 2018-19 season. Three bogeys in a row from the 10th left Snedeker in need of pars over his final two holes to win his second title of the year, but a bogey on the 17th instead left him in a three-way playoff at 14-under-par.

Tway, the son of 1986 PGA Championship victor Bob, was in a three-way race for the title after going around in 71 in the final day and finishing on 14-under alongside compatriots Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker.

His father, Bob Tway, was an eight-time victor on the PGA Tour who captured the 1986 PGA Championship by sinking a bunker shot on the last hole to defeat Greg Norman.

"I was just able to put together a round of golf", said Moore, who had six birdies and just one bogey.

Tway sealed victory with a 10-foot putt on the next hole. He found a bunker at the par-five 18th and settled for a par and a two-over 74.

"I'm gonna look back on that one in a few years as, man, I really gave that one away", Snedeker said. "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". "It sucks right now, but I'm playing next week".

"I'm kind of at a loss for words", he said afterwards.

Aaron Baddeley, who earned a spot in the tournament through the Monday qualifier, birdied the last hole to shoot 69 and finished one stroke back in a tie for fourth with Luke List (67), Troy Merritt (68), Sam Ryder (69) and Sungjae Im (71) of South Korea.

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