Kevin Tway is taking inspiration from Morgan Hoffman after moving into a four-way share of the lead at The Northern Trust on day one.
World number 130 Tway came into the tournament 85th in the FedEx Cup standings and he knew a good performance would be required in order to qualify for next week’s Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.
The 30-year-old American mixed six birdies with one bogey during his opening round at Ridgewood Country Club to sign for a five-under-par 66, ending the first day in a four-way share of the lead.
Compatriots Jamie Lovemark, Vaughn Taylor and Sean O’Hair also went round in 66 and the trio will be hoping to keep the momentum going over the next 54 holes as they aim to make it into the top 100 of the FedEx Cup standings.
Tway began his week playing in a charity event with good friend Hoffmann, who is coping with muscular dystrophy, and the joint overnight leader is using his fellow American as inspiration.
“Morgan Hoffmann came in at 124 and went all the way to The TOUR Championship,” Tway said, referring to 2014. “That’s kind of the plan, try to play as good as you can and go as far as you can.”
There are no less than 13 players in a share of fifth on -5, with Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey four of the biggest headline names in that group.