Pavin ready to win on Champions Tour

By Associated PressFebruary 19, 2010, 12:38 am
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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin is making the most of his second chance at being a rookie.

The 50-year-old Pavin, who won 15 times on the PGA Tour over the course of 26 years, tied for 13th in his Champions Tour debut last month in Hawaii. He’s hoping to improve on that performance at the Allianz Championship on the Old Course at Broken Sound this weekend.

“It’s good to have the experience and also be a rookie,” said Pavin, who will also captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor in Wales in October.

“When I came out being a rookie on the PGA Tour I didn’t know what to expect, playing all these different places and playing against all these people I was watching on TV all my life,” Pavin said Thursday. “It’s different when you come out here now as I have a lot of experience as a golfer, but I do have to learn the courses.”

Pavin plans to compete on both the PGA and Champions tours this season, but believes the shorter courses the seniors play will better suit his game. He has never been a big hitter, finishing last in driving distance nine of the last 10 years on the PGA Tour.

“Obviously, I want to contend to win tournaments, that’s the one thing I want to do more than anything,” said Pavin, a three-time Ryder Cup member. “I want to be competitive, hopefully, on a weekly basis as opposed to once-in-a-while as I’ve been on the regular tour.

“It’s no fun for me to go out there onto the regular tour and just hope to make the cut.”

Tom Lehman, the 1996 British Open champion, is playing his sophomore season on the Champions Tour and will also make his first Allianz Championship appearance.

Lehman has a lot of things in common with Pavin: he also played on three Ryder Cup teams, was the 2006 Ryder Cup captain and will be Pavin’s assistant captain this year.

Lehman also split time between the PGA and Champions tours in his first season, but he’s planning to play on the senior tour more often this year.

“Golf to me is more fun than it used to be,” said Lehman, who finished 20th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings last year. “It is more about enjoying it and less about always striving to be on the Ryder Cup or making the top 30 or worrying about your world ranking.”

Pavin and Lehman are hoping they can make a dent in Bernhard Langer’s stranglehold on the Champions Tour since the Florida-based German joined it full-time in 2008.

Langer, who lives in Boca Raton and considers the Allianz Championship home turf, has won seven senior titles, and captured back-to-back Player of the Year and Leading Money-winner distinction on the Champions Tour.

Paul Azinger, the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, is also playing the Allianz Championship in his first season on the Champions Tour, while Mike Goodes – a North Carolina businessman who never played the PGA Tour – is back to defend his title.

Loren Roberts, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Jeff Sluman, Mark O’Meara, Andy Bean, Mark McNaulty, Russ Cochran, Mike Reid and Nick Price are also in the field. All of them finished in the top 20 of the Champions Tour standings last season.

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Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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“We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

“The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

"The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.