Who's who in golf - Corey Pavin

Go back to Who's Who search

Name: - Corey Allen Pavin
Country: - USA
Born : - November 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. US 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

2012Snr AmericaBoca Raton ChampionshipBroken Sound205 (-11)$270,000
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].
2006Men AmericaGtr Milwaukee OpenBrown Deer Park260 (-20)$720,000
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.].
1996Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex272 (-8)$270,000
Played as the MasterCard Colonial (May 16-19). Second-placed Jeff Sluman (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pavin (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1995Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.268 (-16)$216,000
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].
1995Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC276 (-12)$1,000,000
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].
1995Men MajorsUS OpenShinnecock Hills280 (E)$350,000
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].
1995Men AsiaVolvo Asian Masters274 (-14)
Played as the inaugural Volvo Asian Masters (October; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 9 shots behind Pavin (USA).
1994Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.271 (-13)$180,000
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].
1993Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club1 up£160,000
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].
1992Men AmericaHonda ClassicWeston Hills CC273 (-15)$198,000
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].
1991Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicAtlanta CC272 (-16)$180,000
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].
1991Men AmericaDesert ClassicIndian Wells CC331 (-29)$198,000
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)].
1991Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$979,430see Score
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.
1991Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
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).
1988Men AmericaTexas OpenOak Hills CC, TX259 (-21)$108,000
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].
1987Men AmericaDesert ClassicPGA West341 (-19)$162,000
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. [PGA West (Stadium), La Quinta, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC].
1987Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC270 (-18)$108,000
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].
1986Men AmericaGtr Milwaukee OpenTuckaway CC272 (-16)$72,000
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.].
1986Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC272 (-16)$90,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open (Feb 13-16). Second-placed Paul Azinger (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pavin (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1985Men JapanABC ChampionshipSports Shinko CC276 (-12)¥2.5million
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].
1985Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex266 (-14)$90,000
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].
1985Men Aus/NZNew Zealand OpenRussley GC277 (-15)NZ$9,000
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].
1984Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX274 (-10)$90,000
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].
1984Men Aus/NZNew Zealand OpenParaparaumu Beach269 (-19)
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].
1983Men EuropeGerman OpenKoln, Refrath275 (-13)£10,957
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].
1983Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC270
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won by Pavin (USA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].


Find a course

Tip: to find a course quickly, type the first few characters of the course name
Golf course location on a golf map
Search this site


Not signed up yet?

Register now

Share us on

   Follow us on FB     follow us on Twitter

Where2Golf spotlights

WGC-HSBC Champions The final WGC event of 2019 sees Xander Schauffele defending the title he won last year at Sheshan International, China. (Oct 31-Nov 3).
LPGA Shanghai:  also in China, the LPGA Tour makes a return visit to Shanghai where Danielle Kang defends. (Oct 17-20).
Who's Who: 
Thomas Levet:  the popular French golfer landed his first senior tour win in the European Senior Masters at Forest of Arden.
Suzann Pettersen:  Norway’s most successful golfer ever, drew time on her professional career with a winning display at this year’s Solheim Cup.

Where2Golf redesign fundraising campaign Sep 2019
Latest golf course reviews
The Welcombe Hotel : provides an excellent Stay & Play opportunity, just a mile out of town from William Shakespear's birthplace in the centre of Stratford. From the layout's higher elevations you will enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding Warwickshire countryside. Read more...
Sutton Coldfield Golf Club: located to the north of Birmingham, occupies a small corner of the wonderfully expansive and natural environs of Sutton Park. Perhaps not as lauded as nearby Little Aston, and Copt Heath, this heathland gem also lays down a really enjoyable test of golf in a wonderfully natural setting. Read more... 
Walton Heath Golf Club (Old course): Top golfers and golf writers have long acknowledged Walton Heath as one of the finest heathland courses in the British Isles. In fact there are two courses here, the Old and New. Read more...
Koksijde Golf ter Hille Golf Club: on what was previously open farmland, an enjoyable and challenging links-style layout has been crafted. Perhaps the inspiration for Koksijde's new course came from a renowned Harry Colt layout that existed in the 1920s just a couple of kilometres to the west. Read more...
Most popular golf course videos