Pavin, Lehman pick Colonial over Senior PGA Championship


FORT WORTH, Texas – Among the field at this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial are two familiar names, although their start this week at Hogan’s Alley may prompt some unfamiliar questions.

Corey Pavin, 53, and Tom Lehman, 54, are both in this week’s field, which is played opposite the Senior PGA Championship, the Champions Tour’s first major of 2013. Pavin finished tied for eighth at the Senior PGA in 2011 and Lehman won the event in 2010.

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That both players have also served as U.S. Ryder Cup captains, an event run by the PGA of America, is also reason to second-guess the decision. For Pavin, however, it was an easy choice.

“There was a thought process. It wasn’t a very long process,” said Pavin, a two-time winner at Colonial who is making his 30th consecutive start in Fort Worth.  “I love being here, and I would rather play here . . . I feel like I can compete on this golf course. It is one of the few on the Tour that I feel like I can, so that’s why I’m here.”

Lehman won in 1995 at Colonial and is making his 17th start at the event.