The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


July 11, 2014

Strong start, rough finish for Tway in 2nd round of Senior Open

EDMOND, OKla. — After shooting a 3-over-par 74 Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open, Edmond’s Bob Tway began Friday in a much higher gear at Oak Tree National.

Starting his round on 10, Tway birdied 12, 15 and 18 with one bogey. On his last 9 holes, he made up for the bogey with a birdie on 5 to get to minus-3 for the day, but the wheels came off beginning with No. 6. The former Oklahoma State standout went bogey, bogey, bogey and then missed his tee shot left in the trees on 9. He punched out over the fairway into the right rough. The rough then caused his third shot to fall short, thus getting up and down for a double-bogey and a 2-over-par 73.

“I played good for 14 holes, and, you know, then I hit some poor shots,” Tway said following Friday’s round. “Then the last hole I hit a very poor drive. It’s kind of sad to play that well and then throw it all away.”

Tway was in the rough on holes 6 and 9 and did not hit his standard chip on 7. On the par 3, 171-yard 8th, Tway hit a 6-iron 185 yards over the green. He said he usually hits a 6-iron 165 yards.

Tway made a huge save with the putter on No. 2, nailing a 21-footer down a slope for a par.

Neighbor Willie Wood shot identical scores as Tway and could possibly be paired together for Saturday.

“Bob (Tway) played great until the end,” Wood said.

Gil Morgan, the third Oak Tree member of the threesome, fell back 4 shots from a 72 to a 76.

He, along with Tway, found the trees left of the tee on the 9th hole. Morgan poked out through a hole into the fairway. He hit the green with his third shot and 2-putted for bogey.

Scott Verplank, in the group preceding Tway, Morgan and Wood, equalled yesterday’s output of a 75 and stands at 8-over. Morgan is 6-over and Wood and Tway are 5-over.

Verplank appears likely to be cut with the final golfers coming in off the course prior to press time.

Seven-over and higher are projected to be eliminated from the field for Saturday’s and Sunday’s rounds.

Scott Dunlap made a huge move with a 68 Friday to move into second place by 1 shot behind leader Colin Montgomerie at minus-6. Bernhard Langer, Marco Dawson and Gene Sauers stand at 4-under-par.

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