Fifteen years after his father won the tournament, Kevin Tway is threatening to follow suit, securing the 36-hole lead in the RBC Canadian Open.
Bob Tway won what then was called the Bell Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club about 24 miles southwest of Glen Abbey Golf Club, site of Canada’s national championship this year.
“Yeah, it would be great to match that,” Kevin said following a round of seven-under par 65 on Friday. “I talk to Dad every day, and he’s given me insight on this course. Although he won [at Hamilton G&CC], he’s played here many times.”
Tway began the tournament with a round of six-under 66 and holds a one-stroke lead over Keegan Bradley and Whee Kim. Bradley posted the low round of the day, a nine-under 63, as did Canadian Ben Silverman.
In this his 86th career start on the PGA Tour, Tway, 29, is still in search of his first victory. He has not finished better than third, which he has done twice, both in 2017. His father won eight times, including the 1986 PGA Championship.
“I talk to Dad every day, no matter if I’m home, here,” Kevin said. “We talk about every round. He can probably tell you what kind of shots I’m hitting just by watching on TV. He knows what the swing looks like. He’s been there throughout, so he’s a big key for me. He knows where I’ll probably tend to miss it just because he knows me so well. He’s a good key to have.”
Tway has three top-10 finishes in 26 starts this year and has earned nearly $1.1 million.
Bradley, 32, rocketed into contention by closing his round with a birdie, eagle, birdie and another eagle.
“That was wild,” he said. “It turned kind of an average day out here into something really special. There’s not many courses you can do that on like you can out here. That’s what makes it such a great event.”
Bradley, who won three times, including a PGA Championship, in his first two years on the PGA Tour, has not won since his victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2012.