After three years and a lot of frustration, Bob Tway rediscovered what it was like to win a golf tournament. Tway, winless since holing a dramatic sand shot on the final hole of the 1986 PGA Championship, birdied the final two holes to pass Fuzzy Zoeller and win the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, by two strokes Sunday."It's been three years since I'd won and I'd kind of forgot what it felt like," said Tway, who shot a 3-under-par 69 to finish at 11-under-par 277 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. "I've been hounded by questions of what's wrong with your game and why haven't you won. And I couldn't answer any of them."
He finally came up with the answer by nearly holing two iron shots on the back side and by rolling in a long putt on the closing hole.
Tway started the final round a shot back of Zoeller after rounds of 71, 69 and 68 on the 7,104-yard, par-72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Bogeys on two of the first three holes left him four shots back of Zoeller, who led for most of the tournament's four rounds.
But Tway pulled even with a 35-foot putt on the par-4 13th hole. He took the lead by birdieing the 15th hole with a 9-iron that stopped six inches from the cup.
After Zoeller tied him with a 20-foot birdie putt at 16, Tway took the lead for good by almost holing a 7-iron from 175 yards at 17. His 2-inch birdie putt put him at 10-under.
Tway then locked it up by rolling in a 24-foot birdie putt on the closing hole.
Payne Stewart, who closed with a 65, the day's lowest round, was third at 7-under, four strokes behind.
Mark Calcavecchia and Bruce Lietzke were another two strokes back at 5-under, with Scott Verplank and Mark O'Meara at 4-under.
The victory was worth $160,000 and pushed Tway's earnings to $222,611 for the year.
At Malvern, Pa., Dave Hill watched as Chi Chi Rodriguez missed a 12-foot putt for a bogey, then calmly sank a four-footer on the third sudden death hole to win the $400,000 Bell Atlantic-St. Christopher's Senior Classic at the Chester Valley Golf Club.
Hill, who collected $60,000 for the victory, and Rodriguez finished regulation play tied at a 4-under-par 206 for the 54-hole tournament Sunday.
Harold Hennings won the $29,000 third prize by finishing a stroke behind the leaders with a 68 Sunday and a three-day total of 207 on the 6,710-yard course. He was followed by Don Bies and Jim Dent, who finished with 209 totals.
And at Lincroft, N.J., Cindy Rarick curled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole Sunday to take control and capture the $275,000 Chrysler-Plymouth Classic by two strokes for her first LPGA victory in two years.
Laura Davies of England, who chased Rarick all afternoon along with Sherri, Steinhauer, finished second, one shot ahead of defending champion Nancy Lopez and Alice Ritzman.