PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The TPC Stadium Course owes Bob Tway a debt that has gone uncollected for eight years. It was here in 1983 that Tway, playing in the PGA Tour Qualifying School, shot a final-day 81 after five impressive days of play to miss getting his tour card by one stroke.
A victory at The Players Championship would certainly settle the score. Tway took the first step in that direction yesterday, when he shot a 7-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead.
Tway has a lot of company in the par-busting set, though. Thirty-six golfers shot in the 60s, and 79 broke par as this once-feared course turned belly up for the players in perfect weather conditions. Only 38 failed to at least match par.
One shot behind Tway at 66 is the quartet of Russ Cochran, Bob Eastwood, Steve Elkington and Peter Persons. A sixsome at 67 includes Paul Azinger, and Tom Watson is included in a large contingent bunched at 68.
Ironically, a lot of the marquee names didn't join in the par-breaking celebration. At par-72 were foreign stars Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Seve Ballesteros. Among the few who failed to break par were Greg Norman, 75; Jose Maria Olazabal, 74; Wayne Levi, 75; Robert Gamez, 76; and Tom Kite, 77.