Tway trying to follow in his father's footsteps at RBC Canadian OpenKevin Tway, 15 years after his dad won the same tournament, holds the lead after Friday at Glen Abbey
July 27, 2018
By Adam Stanley , PGATOUR.COM
Kevin Tway takes solo lead at RBC Canadian
OAKVILLE, Ont. – Fifteen years after his father won the RBC Canadian Open, Kevin Tway is looking to pull off the same feat.
Tway, whose father Bob won the 2003 Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to move to 13-under for the tournament, and holds a two-shot lead over Whee Kim and Keegan Bradley – who he played the first two rounds with.
Tway admitted although it was cliché, he has been trying to just hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens the first two days at Glen Abbey Golf Club. So far, mission accomplished.
“I hit the ball well,” He said. “I'm hitting it long, making a few putts, which is always nice, and just trying to keep it going.”
Tway said he talks to his father every day, and has gleaned some valuable insights into Glen Abbey this week. He called it a “big key” to have his father to lean on at a tournament like this where the elder Tway has played before and had success – he finished tied for ninth twice at Glen Abbey, in 1986 and 1995, and played the Canadian Open at the course 17 times.
“I talk to dad every day, and he's given me insight on this course,” Tway said. “No matter if I'm home (or out) here. We talk about every round. He can probably tell you what kind of shots I'm hitting just by like watching on TV. He knows what the swing looks like. He's been there (and) through it.”
At 99th on the FedExCup standings, Tway has had a solid, if unspectacular season. But with three top-10 finishes in his last seven events, he’s feeling like he’s got some solid momentum at this point in the season.
He said he plays better when it’s windy, so he’s hopeful the wind will pick up over the weekend. He’s made a lot of cuts, but he characterized his season as “average.”
Although holding a 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR will be new territory for him, he said he’s going to relish the opportunity to compete for a victory.
“Being near the top is what you practice for, so I’ll just keep trying to do the same thing the next two days,” he said.
Kevin Tway comments after Round 2 of RBC Canadian
Keegan Bradley went on a Tiger Woods-esque run Friday at Glen Abbey, going birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle on hole No’s. 15-18 to move to 12-under and tied for second. Woods pulled the trick in 2000 en route to winning the tournament. Bradley has three top-10 finishes this year, including a T7 at THE PLAYERS Championship, and sits 52nd on the FedExCup standings. His 9-under-par 63 was his lowest round of the year, and it included three eagles.
“That was crazy. I've never had anything close to that happen in my career,” Bradley said.
The 2011 PGA Champion also has a bit of a good-luck charm this week. His caddie – who has been on the bag for the last four months or so – is Canadian Scott Vail. Vail had been with Brandt Snedeker for more than a decade before splitting earlier this year, and was on the bag when Snedeker won the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in 2013.
“He's a local guy, so he's got a lot of success here,” Bradley said. “He's a great help on this course.”
The summer of Joaquin Niemann continues this week at Glen Abbey Golf Club, as the 19-year-old matched his 5-under-par 67 from Thursday with the same score Friday. He sits tied for sixth heading into the weekend at the RBC Canadian Open, just two weeks removed from his best PGA TOUR finish – a tie for fifth at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. In just eight starts on the PGA TOUR, the teenager was able to secure his TOUR card for next season.
“I've already got my card for the PGA (TOUR), so I'm really happy,” Niemann said. “The one thing I just need maybe to just win a tournament and get into the Playoffs, but yeah, other than that, I'm really happy for my game and for this year.”
Niemann made seven birdies Friday. He said Glen Abbey is a golf course that he likes, although he had only ever seen it on TV prior to this week. He said it was good to get into such a strong position on the leaderboard heading into Saturday’s third round.
“It (was) really good today,” Niemann said. “I've been playing pretty good both days, pretty similar. Just really happy for my game and looking forward to the weekend.”
Nick Taylor leads the race to be low Canadian at the Canadian Open this week, but more important to Taylor than winning that honor is to improve his standing in the FedExCup.
Currently 127th, he shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday to move to 9-under for the championship and into a tie for 10th.
“I came in having to play well, and I'm playing well the last few weeks, so I know what I have to do the next few weeks to secure my card,” said Taylor, who won the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship. “But playing well today is only going to take care of that, so that's all I have to worry about.”
Seven Canadians made the cut this week, the most to do so since 2008. In the mix includes Mackenzie Hughes, who was last year’s low Canadian. He chipped in on the par-3 7th hole, dubbed ‘The Rink,’ wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.
He said he was trying to figure out if he could hit a chip without the sleeves getting in the way and if the emblem on his chest would get bunched up and interfere with his stroke.
“I was like, this is very chip-in-able, and if I do it with the jersey on, it's way cooler, so I was like, just leave it on, and sure enough, it went in,” he said. “So that was pretty cool.”
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Dustin Johnson – The No. 1 golfer in the FedExCup standings shot a 6-under-par 66 on Friday to move to 10-under par. He’s tied for sixth.
Robert Garrigus – The overnight leader shot an even par 72 on Friday to stay at 9-under and will enter the weekend tied for 10th.
Zac Blair – Outside the top 150 on the FedExCup standings, Blair has gone bogey-free over the last 36 holes. He’s 10-under and tied for sixth.
Ben Silverman – The Canadian made up 10 shots between finishing his first round Friday morning and completing his second round Friday afternoon. After a 73 in round one, he shot a 63 in round two. His 9-under-par 63 moved him to a tie for 15th.
Johnson Wagner – Wagner has notched 11 top-10 finishes in his past five seasons and eight have come after July 1st. He’s on track for another one after a 7-under 65. He’s 11-under for the tournament and tied for fourth.
Whee Kim – His 7-under-par 65 matched his second-lowest round of the year. He’s 12-under and just one shot back of the lead.
Chris Crisologo – After a 3-under-par 69 on Friday, he became the first Canadian to make the cut since 2016. He’ll try to follow in the footsteps of Jared du Toit, who played in the final group on Sunday in 2016, also as an amateur. He’s tied for 23rd.
QUOTABLESI love Canadians.It turned kind of an average day out here into something really special.I would love to play every tournament of the year out here at the Abbey. I would take the home course advantage every time.I think just being out here, I'm really happy, so I just have nothing else to do but enjoy every moment here.100 out of 10.
Low Round: 9-under-par 63, by Keegan Bradley and Ben Silverman
Longest Drive: 387 yards by Tony Finau on the par-5 18th (although he hit his approach into the water and made par)
Longest Putt: 46 feet, 8 inches by Jared du Toit on the par-3 4th
Hardest Hole: The par-3 12th playing at 3.288 strokes
Easiest Hole: The par-5 16th playing at 4.359 strokes (almost a full stroke below par)