Tway, Flesch share lead at Open

Oct 13, 2006 - 1:48 AM LAS VEGAS (Ticker) - It's been a rough year for Bob Tway. On Thursday, things went a lot smoother.

In his best round of the year, Tway fired an 8-under-par 63 and has a share of lead at the Open.

An eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Tway has had a tough time this year. In 22 events this season, the 1986 PGA champion has nine missed cuts and only one finish better than 30th - a tie for 14th in Tucson in February.

Playing the TPC Canyons course, Tway found his old form, carding eight birdies in a bogey-free round that left him tied for the lead with Steve Flesch.

Flesch carded an 8-under 64 on the TPC Summerlin course that included an eagle and six birdies.

Starting on No. 10, Tway made his turn at 2-under and then got going. He birdied five of the first six holes and carded his final birdie at No. 8.

Bubba Dickerson is in a group of four players tied for third after a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Summerlin. A rookie in search of his first PGA title, Dickerson had five birdies and an eagle at the par-5 third hole.

Patrick Sheehan and Will MacKenzie carded 64s at the Canyons and 2002 PGA champion Rich Beem signed for a 65 at Summerlin to join Dickerson at 7-under.

Both Tway and Flesch likely will have to hold off a charge from Jim Furyk at some point this weekend.

A three-time winner here, Furyk is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2 and will be trying to avenge a playoff loss to Wes Short Jr. here last season.

Furyk won this event in 1995 for his first career PGA Tour title. He added wins in 1998 and 1999 and also is the event's all-time leading money winner with $2,075,318 in earnings.

Playing the Canyons course, Furyk carded a 3-under 68.

Short signed for a 4-under 68 at Summerlin. Last year, he parred the second playoff hole to edge Furyk and win his first PGA title.

A total of 113 of the 143 players carded rounds under par Thursday, including 29 players who find themselves within three shots of the lead.

The $4 million event is being played on the par-72 TPC Summerlin and par-71 TPC Canyons courses. It is one of just three events left before the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The first two rounds will be played on the courses at TPC Summerlin and TPC Canyons, with the final two days entirely on the 7,243-yard layout at Summerlin. TPC Canyons plays at 7,063 yards.

First prize is $720,000.

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