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July 12, 2014

Verplank misses cut in senior tour debut

EDMOND, Okla. — Scott Verplank finds himself as the lone man out from the Oak Tree Gang as fellow former Oklahoma State golfers Bob Tway and Willie Wood managed to make the weekend cut for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.

While Tway and Wood made the cut – along with another Oak Tree National member Gil Morgan – it's hard to see the final two rounds being meaningful in the prospect of winning the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.

The closest any of the former Oklahoma State golfers are from the weekend leader is Tway and Wood – each of whom are 11 strokes behind Colin Montgomerie, who shot even-par 71 to remain at 6-under.

“It's not like I came in this tournament thinking boy, I'm playing great, I'm going to have a chance to win this tournament,” Tway said. “I haven't played any good this year. I haven't played any good since I've been on the Senior Tour. So, you know, just got to try to get better if I want to keep playing.”

Verplank, who won the 1984 U.S. Amateur on the Oak Tree course he now calls home, saw his struggles continue in his debut on the senior tour. Verplank matched his 4-over performance of Day 1 with another 75 – thanks to two more double bogeys after carding three on the first day – and missed the cut by one stroke.

“I just have no idea where I'm going to hit the golf ball. I got the driver yips or something. I hit it for two days places I haven't ever been in, you know, for 25 years,” Verplank said. “So, I don't know. Like I said, my golf game is not very good. I'm going to have to figure out a way to play if I want to keep playing because whatever I'm doing isn't working.”

While Verplank struggled much of the day, Tway actually was looking good through 14 holes – carding four birdies and just one bogey starting off on the back nine.

But Tway went on a stretch down the final four holes that sent him plummeting on the leaderboard. The Ex-Cowboy was at even-par for the tournament when he closed with three bogeys and a double bogey to fall all the way back to 5-over.

“The last hole I hit a very poor drive. It's kind of sad to play that well and then throw it all away,” Tway said.

While Tway and Wood won't have their fellow Cowboy and Oak Tree member in the final two rounds, both showed support to Verplank who was making his Champions Tour debut.

“Scott is a tough, tough guy and he'll bounce back,” Wood said. “He'll be okay. He's been through a lot of physical difficulties but he's always come through and I know he'll be playing the Champions Tour a long, long time.”

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