Who's who: Corey Pavin

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Who's who: Corey Pavin

  • Name:

    Corey Allen Pavin
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Nov 16, 1959 in Oxnard, Ventura County, California.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Oxnard, California
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1982

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1). Walker Cup player (1981). Ryder Cup player (1991, '93, '95); Ryder Cup captain (2010). Presidents Cup player (1994, '96). Multiple wins on the US PGA (15), Champions, European, Japan and other international tours. PGA Tour leading money winner (1991).

Did you know?

Pavin attended the Iuniversity of California, Los Angeles before becoming a professional golfer in 1982. His success on the PGA Tour and other international tours, culminated in winning the U.S. Open in 1995 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island. His 4-wood approach to the 18th green was a perfect way to complete the final round and claim a two shot victory over second-placed Greg Norman. The U.S. Open win did not however catapult Pavin to even greater achievements. His his next win in 1996 was then followed by a 10-year winless streak. A return to form in the mid-2000s saw him post a PGA Tour record for nine holes. His 8-under 26 was recorded on the front-nine of his opening round in the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. In 2010 Pavin began playing on the Champions Tour, the same year that he captained the USA Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor in Wales.

Top tournaments won by Corey Pavin

2012
America
Broken Sound
205 (-11)
$270,000
Allianz

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Broken Sound

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Allianz

Played as the Allianz Championship (Feb 10-12). First-time Champions Tour winner Pavin (USA) beat Peter Senior (Aus) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Old course, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, FL].

2006
America
260 (-20)
$720,000
US Bank

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

260 (-20)

Prize money

$720,000

Title sponsor

US Bank

Played as the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee (July 27-30). Second-placed Jerry Kelly (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pavin (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win in 10 years. In Pavin's opening round 61, he shot a front-nine 8-under-par 26, the lowest nine-hole score in PGA Tour history. [Brown Deer Park GC, Brown Deer, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].

1996
America
272 (-8)
$270,000
MasterCard

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

MasterCard

Played as the MasterCard Colonial (May 16-19). Second-placed Jeff Sluman (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pavin (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1995
Africa
276 (-12)
$1,000,000
Nedbank

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$1,000,000

Title sponsor

Nedbank

Played as the Million Dollar Golf Challenge (Dec 7-10; unofficial event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Nick Price (Zim) finished 5 shots behind Pavin (USA). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].

1995
America
268 (-16)
$216,000
Nissan

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$216,000

Title sponsor

Nissan

Played as the Nissan Open (Feb 23-26). Second-placed Jay Don Blake (USA) and Kenny Perry (USA) finished shots behind defending champion Pavin (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].

1995
Asia
274 (-14)
Volvo

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Volvo

Played as the inaugural Volvo Asian Masters (October; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 9 shots behind Pavin (USA).

1995
Majors
280 (E)
$350,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

280 (E)

Prize money

$350,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (95th) (June 15-18). Second-placed Greg Norman (Aus) finished 2 shots behind first-time major championship winner Pavin (USA). Pavin's victory was sealed with a stunning 4-wood approach shot to the 18th green in the final round. [Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, Long Island, NY].

1994
America
271 (-13)
$180,000
Nissan

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Nissan

Played as the Nissan Los Angeles Open (Feb 10-13). Second-placed Fred Couples (USA) finished 2 shot behind Pavin (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].

1993
Europe
1 up
£160,000
Toyota

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

1 up

Prize money

£160,000

Title sponsor

Toyota

Played as the Toyota World Match Play Championship (Oct 21-24). Pavin (USA) beat defending champion Nick Faldo (Eng) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1992
America
Weston Hills, FL
273 (-15)
$198,000
Honda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Weston Hills, FL

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$198,000

Title sponsor

Honda

Played as the Honda Classic (March 12-15). Pavin (USA) beat Fred Couples (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to win his tenth PGA Tour title. [Weston Hills CC, Weston, nr Ft Lauderdale, FL].

1991
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Pavin (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

1991
Awards
$979,430
see Score
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Score

$979,430

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Pavin (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1991 leading money winner, with earnings of $979,430 on the Tour. Craig Stadler (USA) was second with $827,628; Fred Couples (USA) was third with $791,749.

1991
America
331 (-29)
$198,000
Chrysler

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

331 (-29)

Prize money

$198,000

Title sponsor

Chrysler

Played as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Feb 6-10). Pavin (USA) beat Mark O'Meara (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to win this event for the second time. [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; La Quinta CC; PGA West (Palmer Private)].

1991
America
Atlanta CC
272 (-16)
$180,000
BellSouth

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Atlanta CC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

BellSouth

Played as the BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic (May 9-12). Pavin (USA) beat Steve Pate (USA) at the second playoff hole. [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].

1988
America
259 (-21)
$108,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

259 (-21)

Prize money

$108,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open (Oct 13-16). Second-placed Robert Wrenn (USA) finished 8 shots behind Pavin (USA), whose opening round 64 included a hole-in-one. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].

1987
America
270 (-18)
$108,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$108,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hawaiian Open (Feb 4-8). Defending champion Pavin (USA) beat Craig Stadler (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

1987
America
341 (-19)
$162,000
Chrysler

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

341 (-19)

Prize money

$162,000

Title sponsor

Chrysler

Played as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Jan 14-18). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Pavin (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Stadium (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC].

1986
America
272 (-16)
$90,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hawaiian Open (Feb 13-16). Second-placed Paul Azinger (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pavin (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

1986
America
Tuckaway CC
272 (-16)
$72,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Tuckaway CC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Milwaukee Open (Sept 18-21). Pavin (USA) beat Dave Barr (Can) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole. [Tuckaway CC, Franklin, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 16-19). Second-placed Bob Murphy (USA) finished 4 shots behind Pavin (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1985
Aus/NZ
277 (-15)
NZ$9,000
x

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Russley

Score

277 (-15)

Prize money

NZ$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the New Zealand Open (Dec 5-8). Second-placed Jeff Senior (Aus) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Pavin (USA). The final round was marked by a severe thunderstorm, and a saturated course thereafter. [Russley GC, Christchurch, NZ].

1985
Japan
Sports Shinko CC
276 (-12)
¥2.5million
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Venue

Sports Shinko CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

¥2.5million

Title sponsor

x

Played as the ABC Cup Japan-U.S. Tournament (Oct 31-Nov 3; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Third-placed Katsunari Takahashi (Jpn) and Curtis Strange (USA) finished 3 shots behind Tateo "Jet" Ozaki (Jpn) and first-time Japan Tour winner Corey Pavin (USA), who tied for first place. [Sports Shinko CC, Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the New Zealand Open (Dec 6-9). Second-placed Terry Gale (Aus) finished 4 shots behind first-time Australia Tour winner Pavin (USA). [Paraparaumu Beach GC, Paraparaumu, NZ].

1984
America
274 (-10)
$90,000
Coca-Cola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

Coca-Cola

Played as the Houston Coca-Cola Open (April 26-29). Second-placed Buddy Gardner (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Pavin (USA). [The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].

1983
Europe
275 (-13)
£10,957
Lufthansa

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

£10,957

Title sponsor

Lufthansa

Played as the Lufthansa German Open. Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) and Tony Johnstone (Zim) finished 3 shots behind Pavin (USA). [Golf & Land Club Köln, Refrath, nr Cologne, Germany].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pavin, Corey

Score

270

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lexington

Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won by Pavin (USA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].

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