Four players have battled their way into the Shriners Hospital for Children Open by virtue of the Monday qualifier. PGA Tour Canada member Wes Homan fired an impressive 8-under 62 claiming medalist honours.
For the remaining three spots, a playoff was required as Kevin Tway, Wes Roach, Scott Harrington and Mark Baldwin all carded 6-under 64. On Monday, after three playoff holes in a sudden death format, the group of four was still even.
Play resumed on Tuesday morning and on the fourth playoff hole, Roach made a birdie to lock up one of the three remaining spots. On the next hole, Baldwin birdied to advance, and finally on the sixth playoff hole, Tway birdied to round out the field.
The winner, Homan, played his collegiate golf at Southern Methodist University and turned professional in 2008. In the last four years or so, Homan has played on the PGA Tour Canada with one victory at the Staal Foundation Open. He has also bounced around the Web.com Tour with little success.
Wes Roach has only progressed since he turned professional in 2011. The sociology major out of Duke played two years on the Web.com Tour before making the move to the PGA Tour last season, where he earned over $450,000 dollars with one top ten finish.
Tway looking to rebound
For Tway, after a strong year on the Web.com Tour in 2013, where he earned $260,000 dollars, the Oklahoma State University alum made the jump to the PGA Tour in 2014. However, Tway severely struggled missing 15 cuts in 23 starts. The son of PGA Championship winner Bob Tway will be looking to rebound this year whenever he gets the opportunity.
Lastly, Baldwin will make his PGA Tour debut after playing 17 career events on PGA Tour Canada and two career events on the Web.com Tour. The New Hampshire native and now Las Vegas resident will tee it up today in one of the biggest events of his career to date.
However, regardless of what happens, Baldwin has already achieved something great. He is the first graduate of Notre Dame to represent the fighting Irish in a PGA Tour event since Tom Veech, who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s.
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