Corey Allen Pavin (born November 16, 1959) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He spent over 150 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 1986 and 1997.
|Full name||Corey Allen Pavin|
|Born||November 16, 1959|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Spouse||Shannon Healy (divorced)|
Lisa Nguyen (2003-present)
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour (joined 2010)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1984)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||2|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||2|
|PGA Tour Champions||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||3rd: 1992|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1995|
|The Open Championship||T4: 1993|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 1994|
|Achievements and awards|
leading money winner
|PGA Player of the Year||1991|
Life and careerEdit
Pavin was born in Oxnard, California, the son of Barbara and Jack Pavin. He attended Oxnard High School. He then attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He won two gold medals at the 1981 Maccabiah Games, the Jewish Olympics in Israel, and turned professional the following year. He quickly established himself in the sport, with three international victories in 1983, and his first PGA Tour victory at the 1984 Houston Coca-Cola Open.
He won at least one event on either the PGA Tour or the international tour nearly every year for the next decade, and topped the PGA Tour's money list in 1991, when he was the last man to achieve this without winning at least one million dollars in prize money. Pavin's success culminated in his only major victory, the 1995 U.S. Open. Rather than marking a move to a new level of achievement, however, this was soon followed by a long slide down the world rankings from a high ranking of 5th. After Pavin won the Bank of America Colonial in 1996, he did not win another PGA Tour tournament for ten years. His 89th-place finish on the 2004 money list was the first time he had made the top one hundred since 1998. Pavin finally won his 15th career title in 2006 at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, ending a streak of 242 consecutive tournaments without a win.
Pavin played on three Ryder Cup teams: 1991, 1993, and 1995. The 1993 edition was the source of some controversy: the majority of the squad was unwilling to meet with president Bill Clinton before the cup owing to their differing political views. Pavin stated that he had voted for Bush, and so was not particularly excited at the prospect of meeting Clinton.
In 2002 he was named to the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
On July 27, 2006, during the first round of what would become his 15th tour title, Pavin broke the record for the fewest number of strokes needed to complete nine holes at a PGA Tour event, with an 8-under par score of 26. The previous record of 27 strokes was held by Mike Souchak, Andy North, Billy Mayfair and Robert Gamez, with Mayfair and Gamez' scores being 9-under par. His 36-hole total of 125 also tied the record for fewest shots taken in the first 36 holes of a PGA Tour event held by Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia, and Tiger Woods.
Pavin was the only top Jewish player on the tour until 1991. In that year, he converted to Christianity. He was named the 117th-greatest Jewish athlete in the 2007 book The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes, by Peter S. Horvitz.
Pavin began playing on the Champions Tour in 2010. In June 2010, he lost in a sudden death playoff to Bubba Watson at the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour. In his 35th start, Pavin won his maiden Champions Tour event in February 2012 at the Allianz Championship. He defeated Peter Senior at the first sudden death playoff hole with a birdie to take the title, after having finished regulation play at 11 under.
Pavin made a cameo appearance playing himself in the 1996 movie Tin Cup starring Kevin Costner. In the movie, Pavin tells Fred Couples, "It's hard to believe that a guy named 'Tin Cup' might have his name beneath mine on the trophy." Pavin was married to Shannon Healy, with whom he has two children. He married Lisa Nguyen in 2003.
Amateur wins (1)Edit
Professional wins (28)Edit
PGA Tour wins (15)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Apr 29, 1984||Houston Coca-Cola Open||−10 (70-68-68-68=274)||1 stroke||Buddy Gardner|
|2||May 19, 1985||Colonial National Invitation||−14 (66-64-68-68=266)||4 strokes||Bob Murphy|
|3||Feb 16, 1986||Hawaiian Open||−16 (67-67-72-66=272)||2 strokes||Paul Azinger|
|4||Sep 21, 1986||Greater Milwaukee Open||−16 (66-72-67-67=272)||Playoff||Dave Barr|
|5||Jan 18, 1987||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||−19 (72-71-65-66-67=341)||1 stroke||Bernhard Langer|
|6||Feb 8, 1987||Hawaiian Open (2)||−18 (65-75-66-64=270)||Playoff||Craig Stadler|
|7||Oct 16, 1988||Texas Open||−21 (64-63-66-66=259)||8 strokes||Robert Wrenn|
|8||Feb 10, 1991||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (2)||−29 (65-69-66-66-65=331)||Playoff||Mark O'Meara|
|9||May 12, 1991||BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic||−16 (68-67-67-70=272)||Playoff||Steve Pate|
|10||Mar 15, 1992||Honda Classic||−15 (68-67-70-68=273)||Playoff||Fred Couples|
|11||Feb 13, 1994||Nissan Los Angeles Open||−13 (67-64-72-68=271)||2 strokes||Fred Couples|
|12||Feb 26, 1995||Nissan Open (2)||−16 (67-66-68-67=268)||3 strokes||Jay Don Blake, Kenny Perry|
|13||Jun 18, 1995||U.S. Open||E (72-69-71-68=280)||2 strokes||Greg Norman|
|14||May 19, 1996||MasterCard Colonial (2)||−8 (69-67-67-69=272)||2 strokes||Jeff Sluman|
|15||Jul 30, 2006||U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee (2)||−20 (61-64-68-67=260)||2 strokes||Jerry Kelly|
PGA Tour playoff record (5–4)
|1||1986||Greater Milwaukee Open||Dave Barr||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|2||1987||Hawaiian Open||Craig Stadler||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||1991||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||Mark O'Meara||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1991||BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic||Steve Pate||Won with par on second extra hole|
|5||1991||Canon Greater Hartford Open||Billy Ray Brown, Rick Fehr||Brown won with birdie on first extra hole|
|6||1992||Honda Classic||Fred Couples||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|7||1992||Southwestern Bell Colonial||Bruce Lietzke||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|8||1995||Kemper Open||Lee Janzen||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|9||2010||Travelers Championship||Scott Verplank, Bubba Watson||Watson won with par on second extra hole|
Pavin eliminated with par on first hole
European Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jul 31, 1983||Lufthansa German Open||−13 (67-71-68-69=275)||3 strokes||Seve Ballesteros, Tony Johnstone|
Japan Golf Tour wins (2)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Nov 3, 1985||ABC Cup||−12 (70-68-67-71=276)||Tie||Jet Ozaki|
|2||Oct 9, 1994||Tokai Classic||−11 (68-69-68-72=277)||1 stroke||Hsieh Chin-sheng|
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (2)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Dec 9, 1984||New Zealand Open||−19 (68-67-65-69=269)||4 strokes||Terry Gale|
|2||Dec 8, 1985||New Zealand Open||−15 (67-67-70-73=277)||4 strokes||Jeff Senior|
Other wins (7)Edit
- 1983 South African PGA Championship, Calberson Classic (Europe – not a European Tour event)
- 1993 Toyota World Match Play Championship (Europe – then an unofficial event).
- 1995 Asian Masters, Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa – unofficial event)
- 1996 Ssang Yong International Challenge (South Korea)
- 1999 Martel Skins Game (Taiwan)
Champions Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Feb 12, 2012||Allianz Championship||−11 (64-70-71=205)||Playoff||Peter Senior|
Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2012||Allianz Championship||Peter Senior||Won with par on first extra hole|
|2||2013||Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship||Mark Wiebe||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1995||U.S. Open||3 shot deficit||E (72-69-71-68=280)||2 strokes||Greg Norman|
|The Open Championship||T22||T39||CUT||CUT||T38|
|The Open Championship||T8||CUT||T34||T4||CUT||T8||T27||T51||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T22||CUT|
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||1||3||5||19||10|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1984 Open Championship – 1986 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1995 U.S. Open – 1995 Open Championship)
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
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- "Obituaries – Kack Pavin; Father of Pro Golfer Corey Pavin". Los Angeles Times. August 15, 1997. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- SCGA.org | Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler welcomed into SCGA Hall of Fame | SCGA
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- Kessel, Yoram (June 29, 1989). "Argentine Golfers Sign Up At The Eleventh Hour". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame". Vcshf.com. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
- "Pavin shoots 26 on first nine holes, sets PGA record". ESPN. Associated Press. July 28, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- "Pavin ends 10-year drought with Milwaukee title". PGA Tour. July 30, 2006. Archived from the original on August 5, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- Bamberger, Michael (2006). The Green Road Home: A Caddie's Journal of Life on the Pro Golf Tour. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Daylights". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 30, 1995. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- Rapoport, Ron (June 28, 1990). "Shame is the Name of this Golf Game". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- Berkow, Ira (June 19, 1995). "1995 U.S. Open – Pavin's Best Shot Sheds Both Pressure and Label". The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
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- Chandler, Rich (September 14, 2010). "Out of Bounds: Were Pavin's Ryder picks based on religion?". MSNBC. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- Michael Mayo (August 7, 1995). "Pavin Knows His Place". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "It's Ryder Cup war, and General Monty wants revenge". The Daily Maverick. October 1, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- Reason, Mark (August 2, 2010). "Ryder Cup 2010: Corey Pavin could face dilemma over Tiger Woods". Telegraph. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- Kimball, George (September 29, 2010). "Pavin's good intentions". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- Horvitz, Peter S. (2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and The 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. SP Books. p. 71. ISBN 1-56171-907-2.
- "Pavin selected as 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain". PGA of America. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
- "Ryder Cup regained by Europe in muddy marathon". The Guardian. October 4, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
- "Corey Pavin To Wed Shannon Healy". The Press-Courier. Oxnard, California. March 28, 1983. p. 8. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- Rubenstein, Lorne (January 19, 2009). "Tough Team To Beat". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 14, 2013.