Corey Pavin

Corey Pavin
Personal information
Full name Corey Allen Pavin
Nickname Bulldog[1]
Born (1959-11-16) November 16, 1959
Oxnard, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas
Spouse Shannon Healy (divorced)
Lisa Nguyen (2003-present)
College UCLA
Turned professional 1982
Current tour(s) Champions Tour (joined 2010)
Former tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1984)
Professional wins 28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 15
European Tour 1
Japan Golf Tour 2
PGA Tour of Australasia 2
PGA Tour Champions 1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 3rd: 1992
U.S. Open Won: 1995
The Open Championship T4: 1993
PGA Championship 2nd: 1994
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
PGA Player of the Year 1991

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.[2]

Life and career

Pavin was born in Oxnard, California, the son of Barbara and Jack Pavin.[3] He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[4] He won two gold medals at the 1981 Maccabiah Games, the Jewish Olympics in Israel,[5][6][7][8] 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.

In 2002 he was named to the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Pavin was the only top Jewish player on the tour until 1991.[12][13][14][15][16] In that year, he converted to Christianity.[17][18][19][20][21] He was named the 117th-greatest Jewish athlete in the 2007 book The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes, by Peter S. Horvitz.[22]

In December 2008, Pavin was named captain for the 2010 Ryder Cup U.S. team by the PGA of America.[23] In October 2010, the U.S. Ryder Cup team lost 13½ to 14½, against the European side.[24]

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, "I can't believe that the name below mine on the U.S. Open trophy might be Tin Cup." Pavin was married to Shannon Healy, with whom he has two children. He married Lisa Nguyen in 2003.[25][26]

Amateur wins (1)

Professional wins (28)

PGA Tour wins (15)

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 United States Buddy Gardner
2 May 19, 1985 Colonial National Invitation −14 (66-64-68-68=266) 4 strokes United States Bob Murphy
3 Feb 16, 1986 Hawaiian Open −16 (67-67-72-66=272) 2 strokes United States Paul Azinger
4 Sep 21, 1986 Greater Milwaukee Open −16 (66-72-67-67=272) Playoff Canada Dave Barr
5 Jan 18, 1987 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −19 (72-71-65-66-67=341) 1 stroke West Germany Bernhard Langer
6 Feb 8, 1987 Hawaiian Open (2) −18 (65-75-66-64=270) Playoff United States Craig Stadler
7 Oct 16, 1988 Texas Open −21 (64-63-66-66=259) 8 strokes United States Robert Wrenn
8 Feb 10, 1991 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (2) −29 (65-69-66-66-65=331) Playoff United States Mark O'Meara
9 May 12, 1991 BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic −16 (68-67-67-70=272) Playoff United States Steve Pate
10 Mar 15, 1992 Honda Classic −15 (68-67-70-68=273) Playoff United States Fred Couples
11 Feb 13, 1994 Nissan Los Angeles Open −13 (67-64-72-68=271) 2 strokes United States Fred Couples
12 Feb 26, 1995 Nissan Open (2) −16 (67-66-68-67=268) 3 strokes United States Jay Don Blake, United States Kenny Perry
13 Jun 18, 1995 U.S. Open E (72-69-71-68=280) 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman
14 May 19, 1996 MasterCard Colonial (2) −8 (69-67-67-69=272) 2 strokes United States Jeff Sluman
15 Jul 30, 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee (2) −20 (61-64-68-67=260) 2 strokes United States Jerry Kelly

PGA Tour playoff record (5–4)

1 1986 Greater Milwaukee Open Canada Dave Barr Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
2 1987 Hawaiian Open United States Craig Stadler Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 1991 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic United States Mark O'Meara Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1991 BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic United States Steve Pate Won with par on second extra hole
5 1991 Canon Greater Hartford Open United States Billy Ray Brown, United States Rick Fehr Brown won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1992 Honda Classic United States Fred Couples Won with birdie on second extra hole
7 1992 Southwestern Bell Colonial United States Bruce Lietzke Lost to birdie on first extra hole
8 1995 Kemper Open United States Lee Janzen Lost to birdie on first extra hole
9 2010 Travelers Championship United States Scott Verplank, United States Bubba Watson Watson won with par on second extra hole
Pavin eliminated with par on first hole

European Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 Jul 31, 1983 Lufthansa German Open −13 (67-71-68-69=275) 3 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros, Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Nov 3, 1985 ABC Cup −12 (70-68-67-71=276) Tie Japan Jet Ozaki
2 Oct 9, 1994 Tokai Classic −11 (68-69-68-72=277) 1 stroke Taiwan Chin-Sheng Hsieh

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (2)

Other wins (7)

Champions Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Feb 12, 2012 Allianz Championship −11 (64-70-71=205) Playoff Australia Peter Senior

Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)

1 2012 Allianz Championship Australia Peter Senior Won with par on first extra hole
2 2013 Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship United States Mark Wiebe Lost to par on second extra hole

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1995 U.S. Open 3 shot deficit E (72-69-71-68=280) 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman

Results timeline

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP DNP T25 T11 T27 T42 50
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T22 T39 CUT CUT T38 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T20 T6 T21 CUT T17 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP T22 3 T11 T8 T17 T7 T43 T41 CUT
U.S. Open T24 T8 CUT T19 CUT 1 T40 CUT CUT T34
The Open Championship T8 CUT T34 T4 CUT T8 T27 T51 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T14 T32 T12 CUT 2 CUT T26 DNP CUT T10
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T49 T62 T63 T19 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 3 8 16 13
U.S. Open 1 0 0 1 3 8 23 12
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 3 5 19 10
PGA Championship 0 1 0 1 3 9 21 14
Totals 1 1 1 4 12 30 79 49

U.S. national team appearances



See also


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  2. "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  3. "Obituaries – Kack Pavin; Father of Pro Golfer Corey Pavin". Los Angeles Times. August 15, 1997. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  4. "Corey Pavin profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  5. Bard, Mitchell Geoffrey; Schwartz, Moshe (2005). One thousand one facts everyone should know about Israel. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  6. Goldberg, Dan (March 11, 2011). "'Time to move on'". Haaretz. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  7. Romine, Rich (February 23, 1982). "Pavin Invited to Masters". The Press-Courier. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  8. Kessel, Yoram (June 29, 1989). "Argentine Golfers Sign Up At The Eleventh Hour". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  9. "Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  10. "Pavin shoots 26 on first nine holes, sets PGA record". ESPN. Associated Press. July 28, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  11. "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.
  12. Bamberger, Michael (2006). The Green Road Home: A Caddie's Journal of Life on the Pro Golf Tour. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  13. "Daylights". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 30, 1995. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  14. Rapoport, Ron (June 28, 1990). "Shame is the Name of this Golf Game". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  15. 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.
  16. Mendelsohn, Ezra (2009). Jews and the Sporting Life: Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIII. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  17. Chandler, Rich (September 14, 2010). "Out of Bounds: Were Pavin's Ryder picks based on religion?". MSNBC. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  18. Michael Mayo (August 7, 1995). "Pavin Knows His Place". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  19. "It's Ryder Cup war, and General Monty wants revenge". The Daily Maverick. October 1, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  20. Reason, Mark (August 2, 2010). "Ryder Cup 2010: Corey Pavin could face dilemma over Tiger Woods". Telegraph. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  21. Kimball, George (September 29, 2010). "Pavin's good intentions". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  22. 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.
  23. "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.
  24. "Ryder Cup regained by Europe in muddy marathon". The Guardian. October 4, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  25. "Corey Pavin To Wed Shannon Healy". The Press-Courier. Oxnard, California. March 28, 1983. p. 8. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  26. Rubenstein, Lorne (January 19, 2009). "Tough Team To Beat". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
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