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. But Tway and Ryan Moore hung around, and when Moore birdied 18 and Tway the 17th and 18th, the three went to extra holes to decide the matter.
Tway's father, Bob Tway, also secured his first victory in a playoff 32 years ago at Torrey Pines, making them the 10th father and son Tour winners. The birdie at the 18th put him in a five-way tie for fifth. "I knew the first part of the back nine was going to be playing tough, I was just trying to survive", said Snedeker, who kept his cool as his lead dwindled.
Conversely, Moore played himself into contention with a round of 67 having started the day seven shots off the lead. "On a day like today it's not about necessarily how you're swinging, it's about how you just get the ball in the hole and somehow I managed to do that".
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Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship in August, and for much of the afternoon in Napa he appeared in line for what would have been his 10th career victory. "I played 63 holes of really damn good golf and nine holes I'd like to have back". I was kind of right there, but kind of hanging around.
"I'm going to look at that one in a few years and know I gave that one away", Snedeker said.
"I was just trying to put the ball in the fairway, which was very hard", Tway said. 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.