Defending Boise Open champion seeks momentum in return

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJuly 17, 2014 

  • Albertsons Boise Open

    Purse: $800,000

    Schedule: 72 holes, Thursday through Sunday. Play runs from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the first two rounds and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend.

    Tickets: Daily tickets are $15 (17 and younger are free). Weekly tickets are $35.

    Curtis Stigers Live on the Fairway: The encore of last year’s concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday on No. 10. All ticketed golf fans can attend, but there are separate tickets for chairs near the stage ($30) or preferred lawn seating ($20).

    Family Day: Visit the Pepsi Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for family-friendly activities.

    Bisquick Breakfast at Hillcrest: The Pepsi Pavilion hosts a free pancake breakfast for all ticketed fans from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

    Parking: Free parking with shuttle is available in the airport overflow lot at Victory and Orchard.

    Door prizes: The first 500 fans Thursday-Friday and first 1,000 fans Saturday-Sunday will receive 25th anniversary commemorative items. They include a hat, handheld fan, water bottle and tote bag.

    Golf Channel coverage: Live broadcasts from Hillcrest air from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

  • Tee Times

    at Hillcrest Country Club

    Thursday No. 1; Friday No. 10

    7:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Steve Allan, Sung Kang, Colt Knost.

    7:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: John Mallinger, Adam Crawford, Kevin Tway.

    7:35 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Matt Davidson, Luke List, Jon Curran.

    7:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.: Justin Bolli, Mathew Goggin, Billy Mayfair.

    7:55 a.m.-1 p.m.: Andrew Putnam, Ben Kohles, Ryuji Imada.

    8:05 a.m.-1:10 p.m.: Daniel Chopra, Scott Harrington, Gavin Coles.

    8:15 a.m.-1:20 p.m.: Whee Kim, Brett Stegmaier, Matt Weibring.

    8:25 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Ryan Blaum, Roland Thatcher, Fabian Gomez.

    8:35 a.m.-1:40 p.m.: Camilo Benedetti, Hunter Haas, Richard S. Johnson.

    8:45 a.m.-1:50 p.m.: Justin Lower, Jose Toledo, Matt Fast.

    8:55 a.m.-2 p.m.: Chris Wilson, Josh Broadaway, Andy Pope.

    9:05 a.m.-2:10 p.m.: Nick Taylor, Roberto Diaz, Trevor Murphy.

    9:15 a.m.-2:20 p.m.: Zahkai Brown, Mike Drake, Ben Bryson.

    12:20 p.m.-7:15 a.m.: Jason Gore, Ryan Armour, Tony Finau.

    12:30 p.m.-7:25 a.m.: Justin Thomas, Jason Allred, Greg Owen.

    12:40 p.m.-7:35 a.m.: Max Homa, D.J. Brigman, Andres Gonzales.

    12:50 p.m.-7:45 a.m.: Peter Tomasulo, Kyle Reifers, Carlos Ortiz.

    1 p.m.-7:55 a.m.: Kris Blanks, Rod Pampling, Steve Saunders.

    1:10 p.m.-8:05 a.m.: Philip Pettitt, Jr., Oscar Fraustro, Darron Stiles.

    1:20 p.m.-8:15 a.m.: Tim Petrovic, Garth Mulroy, James Nitties.

    1:30 p.m.-8:25 a.m.: Tom Hoge, D.J. Trahan, Casey Wittenberg.

    1:40 p.m.-8:35 a.m.: Jonathan Randolph, Chase Wright, Jose de J. Rodriguez.

    1:50 p.m.-8:45 a.m.: Mike Ballo, Jr., Brian Prouty, Mark Silvers.

    2 p.m.-8:55 a.m.: Jonathan Fricke, Manuel Villegas, Nathan Tyler.

    2:10 p.m.-9:05 a.m.: Rob Oppenheim, Nicholas Lindheim, Cory Whitsett.

    2:20 p.m.-9:15 a.m.: Joey Garber, Andrew Gunson, Trey Mullinax.

    Thursday No. 10; Friday No. 1

    7:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Sebastian Cappelen, Steven Alker, Blayne Barber.

    7:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Adam Hadwin, Roger Sloan, Michael Kim.

    7:35 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Nick Rousey, Alex Cejka, Byron Smith.

    7:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.: Scott Parel, Mackenzie Hughes, Alex Prugh.

    7:55 a.m.-1 p.m.: Jin Park, Troy Kelly, Nick O’Hern.

    8:05 a.m.-1:10 p.m.: Franklin Corpening, Jimmy Gunn, Len Mattiace.

    8:15 a.m.-1:20 p.m.: Aron Price, Nathan Green, Skip Kendall.

    8:25 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Shane Bertsch, Ashley Hall, Tom Gillis.

    8:35 a.m.-1:40 p.m.: Jorge FernandezValdes, Sam Saunders, Timothy O’Neal.

    8:45 a.m.-1:50 p.m.: Garrett Osborn, Jeff Curl, Sebastian Vazquez.

    8:55 a.m.-2 p.m.: Zac Blair, Mark Hubbard, Albin Choi.

    9:05 a.m.-2:10 p.m.: Harold Varner III, Zack Sucher, Chris Baker.

    9:15 a.m.-2:20 p.m.: Shi Kim, Jim Empey, Brad Hopfinger.

    12:20 p.m.-7:15 a.m.: Jeff Gove, Fernando Mechereffe, Aaron Watkins.

    12:30 p.m.-7:25 a.m.: Guy Boros, Bill Lunde, Cameron Percy.

    12:40 p.m-7:35 a.m.: Kelly Kraft, Glen Day, Scott Piercy.

    12:50 p.m.-7:45 a.m.: Zack Fischer, Vaughn Taylor, Jeff Klauk.

    1 p.m.-7:55 p.m.: Miguel Angel Carballo, Matt Bettencourt, Fran Quinn.

    1:10 p.m.-8:05 a.m.: Alex Aragon, Scott Pinckney, Steve Wheatcroft.

    1:20 p.m.-8:15 a.m.: Jamie Lovemark, Bronson Burgoon, Kevin Kim.

    1:30 p.m.-8:25 a.m.: Ryan Spears, Alexandre Rocha, Paul Claxton.

    1:40 p.m.-8:35 a.m.: Vince India, Daniel Berger, Matt Hendrix.

    1:50 p.m.-8:45 a.m.: Aaron Goldberg, Andres Echavarria, Brad Schneider.

    2 p.m.-8:55 a.m.: Henrik Norlander, Si Woo Kim, Travis Bertoni.

    2:10 p.m.-9:05 a.m.: Derek Fathauer, Tyler Aldridge, Jonathan Hodge.

    2:20 p.m.-9:15 a.m.: Scott Feaster, Justin Snelling, Preston Otte.

Kevin Tway's win last year in the Albertsons Boise Open sent him to the PGA Tour.

He hopes a return to the scene of his biggest success will create enough good vibes to help him keep his PGA Tour card this season.

Tway entered the 25th anniversary Boise Open, which runs Thursday through Sunday at Hillcrest Country Club, because the PGA Tour is off this week.

He is 174th in the FedExCup standings, which could force him to return to the Tour Finals in August and September to compete for a spot on the 2014-15 PGA Tour.

"I like the place and I had success here last year, so I thought I'd come and try to defend and maybe get a little confidence for the rest of the PGA Tour season," Tway said.

Comfort is key for Tway, who has made just seven of 20 cuts, with a tie for 26th at the Travelers Championship in June as his best result.

He also fired three 72s at the U.S. Open but stumbled with an 81 in the third round.

"I've done better at the courses I've played before," Tway said.

He is part of a loaded field at the $800,000 Boise Open. All of the Tour's top 25 money-winners - the ones currently holding the spots that provide promotions to the PGA Tour at the end of the regular season - are here.

Fifty-four of the 156 players have won on the Tour, and 16 have won on the PGA Tour.

"It's a big tournament, a great course," said Alex Cejka, who has 25 career top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour and is third on the Tour money list this year. "… It's tough, but every week is difficult out here. Everybody in the field can win. You have to play well to make the cut."

The same goes for the PGA Tour, where Tway has faced the common troubles of a rookie. He has struggled to adapt to more challenging courses, new surroundings and a bigger stage.

He has three tournaments left on his schedule and figures he needs a top-two finish or three strong weeks to crack the top 125 and secure his card for next year. Otherwise, he'll compete with about 125 guys for 25 PGA Tour cards during the four-event Tour Finals.

"I've got a lot of tournaments coming up," Tway said. "It would be nice to get some more confidence from here. … I kind of beat myself up too much. I expect to hit good shots, and when I hit a bad one I kind of dwell on them."

Tway went through a midseason stretch where he finished at least 4-over-par in four straight tournaments before the U.S. Open. But he has made the cut in three of his past four events and has carded two 65s in his past nine rounds.

"I didn't have a good weekend last week, which was disappointing," he said of his 72-71 finish at the John Deere Classic. "Other than that, I'm getting it going in the right direction."

He arrived in Boise on Tuesday night and played in the pro-am Wednesday morning, chatting with his caddie about some of the shots that led to his win last year.

This is his first appearance on the Tour this season.

"It's always nice to come back to where you had success and maybe draw on those memories and keep it going," Tway said.

The 25-year-old is the son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Bob Tway. His dad has told him to remain patient. Bob turned pro in 1981 and didn't become a regular on the PGA Tour until 1985. He won four times in 1986.

"We're kind of the same way - late bloomers," Kevin Tway said. "It takes us a while to get comfortable. It would be nice to have a second year like he had."

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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