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PGA leader Tway recalls freak Maui mishap

Kevin Tway leads the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions 15 years after pro golfer father Bob was bitten by a centipede prior to the 2004 event.

PGA leader Tway recalls freak Maui mishap

Kevin Tway leads the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions 15 years after pro golfer father Bob was bitten by a centipede prior to the 2004 event.

KEVIN TWAY of the United States pulls a club from his bag as he prepares to play a shot at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii.
KEVIN TWAY of the United States pulls a club from his bag as he prepares to play a shot at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Tournament of Champions leader Kevin Tway's sensational first round comes in stark contrast to a freak accident that struck on a previous visit to the Hawaii golf course 15 years ago.

Tway is the son of eight time US PGA Tour winner and major champion Bob and travelled with his father to Maui for the winners-only event in 2004.


"It's weird; we arrived a week early and I played with dad the whole week before but on one hole dad took a huge divot and a centipede had come up from the ground and he went to flick it away and it stung him," Tway said.

"His finger swelled up to like the size of a golf club grip, so he couldn't play that week (before the tournament), so he just watched me play the course.

"He was just watching me play for his preparation."

Kevin booked his debut at Kapalua's Plantation course this week courtesy of his breakthrough PGA Tour victory at the Safeway Open in California in October.

Although first-timers typically don't perform well on the severely undulating slopes at the 7,500-yard Kapalua course, Tway carded seven birdies and no bogeys during a seven-under-par 66.

The 30-year-old leads by one shot over former world No.1s Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, as well as big-big-hitting Gary Woodland (all 67).

Australia's Marc Leishman sits a shot back in solo fifth having posted a 68 while countryman Jason Day is a shot further back at four under courtesy of a 69.

The Tournament of Champions is an elite $US6.5 million ($A9.3 million) event for winners on the PGA Tour from the previous year and features no 36-hole cut.

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