Superstar in the Making Now Just a Star

By George WhiteSeptember 8, 2003, 4:00 pm
You remember Bob Tway, dont you? It was 1986, and if you needed someone to win the Alphabet Open, this was definitely your man.
He won the Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open, to begin with. That was a jawbreaker. Then the same season ' only his second on tour ' he won the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic, and it took five minutes to get that one out. Next in this 1986 season, he tackled the Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic ' and won, naturally.
By the time the PGA Championship rolled around, Tway had run out of vowels. But he hadnt run out of golf shots. One huge bunker hole-out on the last hole sent Greg Norman to the sidelines and won the fourth victory of the year for Tway. My, what a great career was in store for this young man.
If youre looking for the next superstar, there he is, said no less an authority that Lee Trevino. He was talking about the simply named Bob Tway, as quiet and reserved as his name would suggest.
Somewhere between 1986 and 2003, though, Tway's road to superstardom took a most unfortunate detour. He was able to win one time each in the next two years, but then he dropped off to the dark side of the moon. From 1991 to 1994, he was virtually gone. He wasnt too bad in 91, finishing 52nd on the money list, but he then went spiraling into oblivion, finishing 179th, 109th and 149th.
Bob Tway just slowly slipped away from our memories, relegated to a golf trivia question ' who was the first person to hole out to beat Greg Norman?
In time, he stopped fighting it. He had been so brilliant in 86, had slowly changed his swing in an attempt to become even more dominating. The swing was always very handsy, but in trying to change it, Tway became very mechanical.
Then I got mental, said Tway. I started driving the ball bad, and then I reached a point where Id get to a tee and say, Wheres this one gonna go?
In 1995, he had recovered enough to finally win again. And since 95, he has maintained a quiet profile, playing a lot of good tournaments, hovering around the 40-50 spot in the final money standings, but never actually breaking through to a victory. No one said he was a superstar in the making ' only a pretty solid player who couldnt seem to break through.
Until last week. Last week he won the Bell Canadian Open at age 44, and this man from the heartland of Oklahoma City was overjoyed.
This is a very special win, Tway said. Ive been coming to Canada for a long, long time. The reason is, its a national open.
He has worked terribly hard, concentrating on eliminating his weaknesses while maintaining his strengths.
I don't know, I've been struggling with my putting, said Tway. It's funny, I went from - I was using a belly putter earlier in the year. And I was trying to use the most - I don't know, easiest putter I guess or the - I don't know what the right word is. The best technological putter you could have, the easiest to hit and see if that could help me.
I got kind of mad last week. I went to the toughest putter to putt with; that you've got to hit the ball perfectly with it, and I kept practicing with it and I started putting better. My stroke got better. I played great this week. I don't know, maybe things happen for a reason.
Tway is just another good golfer now, but maybe that isnt so bad. In golfing terms, hes middle-aged now. He realizes where hes been ' and hopefully, where hes going.
We all keep working at it because I think we love the game, he said.

The number of tournaments since my last win, I could say I've had some chances and not been able to do it, or someone has played better at the end to end up winning. It takes some luck, good fortune and some good golf.
Like I say, I don't know, maybe this will spur things on for more of them. I don't know what's going to happen. Like I said before, I'm enjoying playing golf, and obviously we play to win tournaments. It doesn't come all that often on the PGA Tour.
It's tough to win. When you do get it, it's very special.
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”