Tway Leads at Southern Farm

By Sports NetworkNovember 3, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicMADISON, Miss. -- Bob Tway, the 1986 PGA Champion, fired an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to take the lead after one round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Jonathan Byrd, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, is alone in second place at 7-under-par 65. Kevin Na, Tom Pernice, Jr., Bo Van Pelt and Tom Byrum are knotted in third place at 6-under-par 66 at Annandale Golf Club.
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Kevin Na is in search of his first PGA Tour win.
This tournament was rescheduled to this week from October 6-9 due to the effects Hurricane Katrina had on the area. All net proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief.
'It is kind of amazing that we are even holding the golf tournament this week,' said Tway. 'It's pretty neat to see that they were able to persevere and have it.'
Tway began on the back nine Thursday and promptly birdied his first hole after he played a 9-iron to 20 feet. He parred 11, but hit a 7-iron to 2 feet to set up birdie at the 171-yard, par-3 12th.
He parred his next three holes, then hit a sand-wedge to 10 feet for a birdie at 16. Tway closed his opening nine in style as he reached the green with a 3-iron for his second shot at the par-5 18th. He two-putted from 12 feet to make the turn at 4-under 32.
Tway continued his strong play on the front side as he rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt at the first. After a par at the long, par-3 second, Tway caught fire.
He kicked in a 3-foot birdie putt at three, then ran home a 7-footer for birdie at four. Tway reached the par-5 fifth in two with an 8-iron, thanks to the hole playing downwind, and two-putted from 42 feet. He hit an awful eagle putt, but converted from 7 feet.
Tway hit a 9-iron to 10 feet and sank the birdie try at six for four birdies in a row.
Tway parred seven and eight, but made a mess of the par-4 ninth. His 9-iron approach missed the green left and his chip stopped 12 feet from the hole. Tway missed the par-saver, but still has the first-round lead to himself.
'I just played really well today,' said Tway, whose last win on tour came at the 2003 Canadian Open. 'I drove the ball well and hit my irons really well. I gave myself a lot of opportunities and a lot of them were really close.'
The Tway family has enjoyed a strong 2005 year, but it was more son Kevin and not dad. Kevin Tway won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this summer, but Bob Tway has only three top-10s this season.
'His win was huge. Bigger than any win I have ever had,' said Tway, who was later reminded about his PGA win. 'It was a great week for he, and I would love to win a golf tournament before the year is over.
'I haven't played very well all year and for some reason today I hit the ball really well - close to the hole and made a lot of birdies. It was nice to shoot a good round in the morning.'
Byrd, who tied for fifth place at the 84 Lumber Classic, mixed five birdies and an eagle on Thursday. He is hoping to continue a run of solid golf, as he has not missed a cut since late August.
Kirk Triplett, Joey Snyder III, Brian Henninger and Paul Gow are tied for seventh place at 5-under-par 67.
Triplett needs a strong finish this week, as this is the final full-field event of the year. Triplett is 131st on the money list and players in the top-125 at the end of this week retain their playing privileges for 2006.
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    McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

    By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

    The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

    McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

    McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

    ''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

    Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

    ''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

    McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

    ''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

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    The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

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    Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

    “I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

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    Stock Watch: Spieth searching for putting form

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:50 pm

    Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


    Patton Kizzire (+8%): By today’s accelerated standards, he’s a late bloomer, having reached the Tour at age 29. Well, he seems right at home now, with two wins in his last four starts.

    Rory (+7%): Coming off the longest break of his career, McIlroy should have no excuses this year. He’s healthy. Focused. Motivated. It’s go time.

    Chris Paisley (+5%): The best part about his breakthrough European Tour title that netted him $192,000? With his wife, Keri, on the bag, he doesn’t have to cut 10 percent to his caddie – she gets the whole thing.

    Brooke Henderson (+3%): A seventh-place finish at the Diamond Resorts Invitational doesn’t sound like much for a five-time winner, but this came against the men – on a cold, wet, windy, 6,700-yard track. She might be the most fun player to watch on the LPGA. 

    New European Ryder Cuppers (+2%): In something of a Ryder Cup dress rehearsal, newcomers Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton each went undefeated in leading Europe to a come-from-behind victory at the EurAsia Cup. The competition come September will be, um, a bit stiffer.


    Jordan’s putting (-1%): You can sense his frustration in interviews, and why not? In two starts he leads the Tour in greens in regulation … and ranks 201st (!) in putting. Here’s guessing he doesn’t finish the year there.

    Brian Harman’s 2018 Sundays (-2%): The diminutive left-hander now has five consecutive top-10s, and he’s rocketing up the Ryder Cup standings, but you can’t help but wonder how much better the start to his year might have been. In the final pairing each of the past two weeks, he’s a combined 1 under in those rounds and wasn’t much of a factor.

    Tom Hoge (-3%): Leading by one and on the brink of a life-changing victory – he hadn’t been able to keep his card each of the past three years – Hoge made an absolute mess of the 16th, taking double bogey despite having just 156 yards for his approach. At least now he’s on track to make the playoffs for the first time.

    Predicting James Hahn’s form (-4%): OK, we give up: He’d gone 17 events without a top-15 before his win at Riviera; 12 before his win at Quail Hollow; and seven before he lost on the sixth playoff hole at Waialae. The margins between mediocre play and winning apparently are THAT small.

    Barnrat (-5%): Coming in hot with four consecutive top-10s, and one of only two team members ranked inside the top 50 in the world, Kiradech Aphibarnrat didn’t show up at the EurAsia Cup, going 0-3 for the week. In hindsight, the Asian team had no chance without his contributions.