Bob Tway

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Bob Tway
Personal information
Full nameRobert Raymond Tway IV
Born (1959-05-04) May 4, 1959 (age 62)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceEdmond, Oklahoma
CollegeOklahoma State University
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1985)
Champions Tour (joined 2009)
Professional wins13
Highest ranking5 (January 25, 1987)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour8
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT8: 1986
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1986
U.S. Open3rd: 1998
The Open ChampionshipT5: 1991
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year1986
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year

Robert Raymond Tway IV (born May 4, 1959) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments including eight PGA Tour victories. He spent 25 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking in 1986–87.[2]

Early life[edit]

Tway was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was introduced to golf at the age of five by his father and grandfather. He participated in his first tournament at age seven. He won the Redding Country Club Championship as a junior golfer in Redding, Connecticut. Tway attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he had a distinguished career as a member of the golf team — a three-time, first-team All-American his last three years.[3] In 1978, Tway's freshman year, the Cowboys, led by seniors Lindy Miller and David Edwards, won the NCAA Championship. When Oklahoma State won again two years later, Tway was their star player. He was the winner of the Haskins Award in his senior year. He turned pro in 1981 and joined the PGA Tour in 1985.[4]

Professional career[edit]

In 1986, he was named PGA Player of the Year and finished the season with four victories including one major, the PGA Championship. He was second on the final money list that year — just a few dollars behind Greg Norman.[5]

The 1986 PGA Championship was held at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Tway finished with a score of 276 - a two-stroke margin of victory over Greg Norman. Tway had holed a greenside bunker shot at the 18th hole on the final day, which is a memorable shot in golf history.[5]

Tway is also known for recording the worst score ever on the 17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass, which occurred during the third round of the 2005 Players Championship. His first four attempts ended up in the water. After finally hitting the green on his fifth attempt, he three putted for 12 to go from 7-under-par and 4 strokes out of the lead to 2-over-par and 13 behind the leader.[6]

Tway has PGA Tour career earnings in excess of 14 million dollars. Upon reaching the age of 50 in May 2009, Tway began play on the Champions Tour. His best finish in that venue is T-2 at the 2009 Administaff Small Business Classic, two strokes behind tournament winner John Cook.

Personal life[edit]

Tway lives in Edmond, Oklahoma and enjoys snow skiing, fishing and a variety of other sports. Tway's son, Kevin, celebrated his 17th birthday by winning the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2005.[5] Kevin turned professional in 2011 and won a Tour event in 2013, and his first PGA Tour event in 2018 at the Safeway Open.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (13)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (8)[edit]

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Feb 9, 1986 Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open −12 (67-68-69=204)* Playoff West Germany Bernhard Langer
2 Jun 8, 1986 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic −12 (73-63-69-67=272) 1 stroke United States Willie Wood
3 Jun 22, 1986 Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic −19 (68-66-71-64=269) 2 strokes United States Hal Sutton
4 Aug 11, 1986 PGA Championship −8 (72-70-64-70=276) 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman
5 May 14, 1989 Memorial Tournament −11 (71-69-68-69=277) 2 strokes United States Fuzzy Zoeller
6 Oct. 14, 1990 Las Vegas Invitational −26 (67-67-65-65-70=334) Playoff United States John Cook
7 Apr 16, 1995 MCI Classic −9 (67-69-72-67=275) Playoff South Africa David Frost, United States Nolan Henke
8 Sep 7, 2003 Bell Canadian Open −8 (70-70-66-66=272) Playoff United States Brad Faxon

*Note: The 1986 Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open was shortened to 54 holes due to rain.

PGA Tour playoff record (4–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open West Germany Bernhard Langer Won with par on second extra hole
2 1988 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am United States Steve Jones Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 1988 Southern Open South Africa David Frost Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 1989 BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic United States Scott Simpson Lost to par on first extra hole
5 1990 Las Vegas Invitational United States John Cook Won with par on first extra hole
6 1995 MCI Classic South Africa David Frost, United States Nolan Henke Won with par on second extra hole
Frost eliminated by par on first hole
7 2001 Nissan Open Australia Robert Allenby, United States Brandel Chamblee
Japan Toshimitsu Izawa, United States Dennis Paulson,
United States Jeff Sluman
Allenby won with birdie on first extra hole
8 2003 Bell Canadian Open United States Brad Faxon Won with bogey on third extra hole

Other wins (5)[edit]

Exhibition wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1986 PGA Championship 4 shot deficit −8 (72-70-64-70=276) 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT T8 CUT T33 CUT
U.S. Open T8 T68 T25 CUT
The Open Championship T46 T35 T20 T61
PGA Championship 1 T47 T48 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T36 CUT T12 CUT CUT T52
U.S. Open T33 T26 CUT CUT T10 T67 T5 3 T62
The Open Championship CUT T5 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T45 T66 T56 CUT CUT CUT CUT T13 T13 T57
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT T27
U.S. Open T52 T59 CUT CUT T78
The Open Championship CUT T50 70 T41
PGA Championship CUT T29 CUT CUT T55 CUT T65 T50 CUT T56
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 2 13 6
U.S. Open 0 0 1 2 4 5 18 13
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 1 2 16 8
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 1 3 24 14
Totals 1 0 1 4 7 12 71 41
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1987 U.S. Open – 1988 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1986 Masters – 1986 U.S. Open)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
The Players Championship T10 CUT CUT T29 CUT T41 T70 CUT CUT T68 CUT CUT T18 CUT CUT T40 T28 T17 T77 T56 CUT
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Match Play R32 R32 R64
Championship T37 NT1 T59 T28
Invitational T6

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament

U.S. national team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 04 1987 Ending 25 Jan 1987" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  3. ^ "Hall of Honor 1999". Oklahoma State University Athletics. Archived from the original on 2011-12-16.
  4. ^ "Bob Tway". Oklahoma Golf HOF. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "PGA Tour Profile – Bob Tway". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Island fever: Catch it at The 17th". PGA Tour. March 17, 2006. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009.
  7. ^ "12 Sep 1984, 20 - The Sacramento Bee at". Retrieved 2021-08-03 – via

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