Tway’s short stick red-hot in Cow­town as he fires 63

SundayXtra - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­rence Heinen

CAL­GARY — It’s packed atop the leader­board of the Shaw Char­ity Clas­sic.

Bob Tway shot Satur­day’s best round of 7-un­der 63 to fin­ish in a three-way tie for first spot through two rounds of the Cham­pi­ons Tour event at Canyon Mead­ows Golf and Coun­try Club.

“I putted very well to­day — prob­a­bly the best I’ve putted in 20-some­thing years, so it was kind of fun,” said Tway, who’s tied for top spot at 10-un­der with Joe Du­rant and Joe Da­ley. “The greens are some of the nicest greens I’ve ever putted on. If you hit a good putt, they’re go­ing in. Guys are mak­ing putts from ev­ery­where.”

An eight-time win­ner on the PGA Tour, Tway has yet to fin­ish atop the leader­board at a Cham­pi­ons Tour event.

“I know I can play bet­ter than I have,” said the 55-year- old res­i­dent of Ed­mond, Okla., who fin­ished tied for sixth at the Se­nior Open Cham­pi­onship ear­lier this sea­son. “I haven’t done it, but I keep try­ing to do it. If I just keep en­joy­ing it, then it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. I fully should play a lot bet­ter than I play, but I haven’t. You ei­ther keep work­ing at it or go home and I’m go­ing to keep work­ing at it.”

Du­rant and Da­ley carded iden­ti­cal scores of 66 on Satur­day and will play in the fi­nal group with Tway dur­ing to­day’s third and fi­nal round on the 7,086-yard, par 70 course.

“I know there’s three of us tied, but by the time we get on the first hole there might be guys who have al­ready passed us,” Du­rant said. “That’s how bunched it is. It will be quite a shootout to­mor­row, and if the weather’s good there will be a lot of birdies fly­ing.”

In or­der to con­tend for top spot, Da­ley said he’ll have to con­tinue to play at the top of his game.

“You have to be very much on your game and even more so than you might even think,” Da­ley said. “But you also have to pre­pare in a lot of dif­fer­ent ways in your mind and phys­i­cally for what you have to go through to com­pete against th­ese guys be­cause th­ese guys, well, they’ve been whoop­ing me for decades.”

Gary Hall­berg, Mark McNulty and David Frost fin­ished tied at 9 un­der through two rounds.

Bern­hard Langer, Doug Gar­wood, Woody Austin and Tom Per­nice Jr. are in a four-way tie for sev­enth spot at 8 un­der.

“I would rather be chased than chas­ing but I don’t have that op­tion,” said Langer, who has won five times this year on the Cham­pi­ons Tour and is lead­ing the Charles Sch­wab Cup stand­ings. “Hope­fully your swing is good enough and your putting stroke al­lows you to do what you need to do.”

For the sec­ond day in a row, Rod Spit­tle of Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont., fin­ished as the low Cana­dian af­ter card­ing a 1-un­der 69. Spit­tle is in an eight-way tie for 36th place at three un­der head­ing into the fi­nal round.

Af­ter shoot­ing even par in the first round, Cal­gary’s Stephen Ames strug­gled on Satur­day with a score of 3- over 73.

Vic­to­ria’s Jim Rut­ledge fared ex­actly the op­po­site of Ames as he bounced back with a round of 70 af­ter go­ing 3 over on the open­ing day of the tour­na­ment.

Mean­while, Cal­gary’s Dar­ryl James fol­lowed up a round of 74 with a 75 on Satur­day to sit in sec­ond last spot at 9 over, just one shot ahead of Sandy Lyle.

— The Cana­dian Press


Bob Tway fired a 7-un­der 63 Satur­day to grab a share of the lead at 10- un­der.

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