A pair of PGA Tour legacies have been selected as Champions’ Choice invitees to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, including the son of a past Colonial champion.
Tournament officials announced Wednesday that Jeff Curl, son of 1974 Colonial champ Rod Curl, will join Kevin Tway, son of longtime PGA Tour competitor Bob Tway, in the field for Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop, May 19-25 at Colonial Country Club.
The players will take the two spots reserved in the field for promising newcomers who are selected in balloting by past Colonial champions. One requirement is that both players must be making their Colonial debuts in the year they are selected.
Curl, 35, ranks 76th on the Web.com Tour season earnings list ($17,331) and is coming off a recent top-15 finish at the Louisiana Open on that circuit. Curl, who played college golf at North Carolina-Charlotte, is the third son of a past Colonial champion selected in the balloting for Champions’ Choice honorees. Guy Boros, son of two-time Colonial champ Julius Boros, joined Dave Stockton Jr. as Champions’ Choice invitees in 1994. The elder Stockton won the 1967 Colonial title.
Tway, 25, cracked the top-50 in earnings on the 2013 Web.com Tour to secure his PGA Tour card this season. He finished 48th in Sunday’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans, pocketing $17,544 and earning his third payday in 12 starts this season. Tway has earned $63,384 at 2014 PGA Tour events and is No. 181 in FedEx Cup points this season.
A four-time All-American at Oklahoma State, Tway won five events in his college career and was a finalist for the 2011 Ben Hogan Award, given to the top player in college golf. He has posted a 72.4 scoring average in his rookie season as a PGA Tour competitor.
Tway’s father, Bob, won eight tour events during his career, capped by a title at the 1986 PGA Championship.
_ Jimmy Burch