KAPALUA, Hawaii – Uh oh. Bob Tway may be about to use his living room rug again.
Tway, eight-time PGA Tour winner, was a nervous shipwreck in October when his son Kevin was trying to win his first tournament at the Safeway Open, the opening tournament of the 2018-1919 season. After scoring only six top-10s in 90 career starts, Kevin did not have many chances and the Napa, California, tournament was by far his most promising shot. As the final round progressed and Kevin entered the playoffs with Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker, the old Tway could not help pacing.
"I could not stay still. I get all those text messages, which just makes things more nerve-wracking, "said Bob Tway during a phone conversation just before the start of the new year. "You're nervous every time your kids compete or do something, and it's ten times worse, no, a hundred times more, when they have a chance to succeed. A victory on the PGA Tour … it means so much. "
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Kevin, ranked 138th in the world at that time, finally won the third hole in the playoffs with a 10m putt (Birdie). It meant a lot. Like his first invitation to the Masters. And his first PGA Championship, which his father won in 1986, two years before Kevin's birth.
And, of course, he won a place in this event, the Sentry Tournament of Champions, strictly reserved for the winners of the previous year. What he's leading after a first-round run of seven under par 66 on the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort is a shot at defending champion Dustin Johnson, winner in 2017, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland.
Despite an ear and a sinus infection that forced her to retire from Wednesday's session after five holes and to seek treatment, Tway used her education in Oklahoma, where winds blow in the plains, fairways or elsewhere. , to navigate windy conditions without bogey. Key statistics were 15 green in regulation and 26 putts. This will keep a clean card.
"I do not feel good, but yes, I hit the ball well, kept the ball in play, made some putts, controlled my ball in the wind. I come from Oklahoma, there is a lot of wind, so it's kind of like I was at home, "said Tway, who confessed that he had the ### Impression of "walking on a bed of water" during his brief pro-am appearance. He confessed to still a little dizzy Thursday.
Golf can often make you dizzy, so maybe dizziness brings balance. "I felt bad, but yes, when you do a lot of birdies, it makes everything better," said the youngest Tway.
Tway, 30, said he feels at home at the Plantation Course, although Thursday is his first round. There was another reason for this: he had come here with his father in 2004 while he was a skinny 5 feet 7 inches and 120 pounds wide at the 15-year-old's eye. His father had won the last touring title of the previous year at the Canadian Open and he brought the family with him to Maui a week earlier. On the first day, father and son were playing together when Bob was stung by an insect and his finger swelled. He spent the rest of the week watching Kevin play the planting course and finished the 28th week of the following week.
"So he was watching me play for his preparation," recalls Kevin.
Dad, who also won his first playoff tournament in 1986 at the Shearson Lehman Brothers' Andy Williams Open in Torrey Pines, has the chance to see his son again this week, but from a home TV. Kevin is a good start. He was so good that he was sick, to use a more modern language, so that his illness made him even sicker.
"People have asked me," says Bob, "what is the best time to win your second test, and I say it's right after your first one because you play well and you trust, knowing you have it made."
Bob always told Kevin that he could do it. Although he won the American Junior Amateur of 2005 before a solid American career at Oklahoma State, Kevin had doubts. After his Napa win, he said, "My dad always told me that I had the talent, and I do not think I believed him until now."
When Kevin's putt put him down, Bob felt like he was back in the green bunker at the Inverness Club in Toledo after defeating Greg Norman in the PGA. Instead, however, he started crying. "Of course, I'm crying about everything, anyway," he said.
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Kevin called home. He was about to visit the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and wanted to share a moment with his hero. He supposed his father was crying. His mother confirmed that his father was crying. His father then phoned and cried.
Soon, Dad learned that Kevin's victory made him the eighth father-son duo to win a tour since 1900. "It's pretty cool. I'm proud to be part of a small group, "said Bob. "Just to win once is difficult. For both of us, winning is pretty special. People do not understand. Tiger seemed to win so easily and that's just not the case. "
The opportunities to win are not so abundant either. So, well in a group of only 33 players, Kevin will not let a virus interfere in his path. Medications and rest – and birdies – should move him forward.
"Oh, I was going to try to play whatever happens," he said to the question of whether he had considered retiring. "I mean, I can certainly stand a little dizzy. We are in Hawaii and without a break, so, I mean, I will try as long as I can.
And why not? Dad can always buy a new carpet.
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