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Final Safeway Open leaderboard

Final Safeway Open leaderboard

The final Safeway Open leaderboard from Silverado, where Kevin Tway won his first PGA Tour title

 

Final Safeway Open leaderboard:

PositionNameNationScore
1Kevin TwayUnited States-14 *
T2Brandt Snedeker
Ryan Moore
United States
United States
-14
T4Sam Ryder
Sungjae Im
Aaron Baddeley
Troy Merritt
Luke List
United States
South Korea
Australia
United States
United States
-13
9J.B. HolmesUnited States-11
T10Jim Knous
Chase Wright
Bill Haas
Danny Lee
United States
United States
United States
New Zealand
-10
* – Tway defeated Snedeker and Moore in a sudden-death playoff

What happened at the Safeway Open?

Kevin Tway earned his first PGA Tour victory after seeing off Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore – with 14 wins between them – in a play-off at a blustery Silverado.

Tway, son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Bob, lifted the title after holing a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-4 10th, the third extra hole. Snedeker had dropped out on the first play-off hole, the par-5 18th, while Tway and Moore both birdied it second time around.

As the wind swirled around the California course, Tway held his nerve to birdie his last two holes in regulation play for a final-round 71 and force his way into the play-off.

“It was nice to get hot at the end,” Tway said. “I wasn’t really in it on the front nine. Brandt made a couple bogeys starting the back. I was kind of right there, but kind of hanging around. I birdied 17 and 18 to get into the playoff and then kept it going in the playoff – and here I am.”

Snedeker, meanwhile, was left to rue letting a three-shot overnight lead slip. The 37-year-old, who made a 59 en route to winning the Wyndham Championship in August, bogeyed four holes on the back nine to sign for a 74.

“It’s really disappointing,” he said. “I played a really good front nine in tough conditions and made the turn on the back nine and actually drove the ball really well. I had a lot of opportunities, I just hit some really poor iron shots and left myself in places you can’t do it. I didn’t make any putts.”

Moore, meanwhile, was just happy to make the play-off.

“I didn’t even expect to be in this position,” Moore said after birdies at three of the last four holes earned him his spot in the extra holes. “When I finished my round, I really didn’t think there was a chance of this. Golf is funny and it can work its way out sometimes, so this was a bonus.”

Phil Mickelson, just days after his controversial comments about Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National, tied for 17th at 8-under after a 72, while Fred Couples, in his last ever start at a regular PGA Tour event, carded a 75 to tie for 41st at 5-under.

Click here for the full round-up of action from the Safeway Open.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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