Pavin win wipes away the doubts

Corey Pavin and Loren Roberts, the two men named by Tom Lehman as his assistants for the coming Ryder Cup, are celebrating victories today.

Corey Pavin and Loren Roberts, the two men named by Tom Lehman as his assistants for the coming Ryder Cup, are celebrating victories today.

A few hours after Roberts captured the British Senior Open at Turnberry - following a play-off with Eduardo Romero – 46-year-old Pavin ended 10 years without a win on the PGA Tour.

Pavin, ranked only 120th on the money list and 162nd in the world, led the US Bank Championship from the moment he began with six successive birdies and achieved an amazing tour-record 26 for the first nine holes last Thursday.

The final round did not reach those dizzy heights, but it did contain his shot of the week – a 172-yard six-iron into the hole for an eagle two at the eighth.

That stretched the gap to four and by parring the remaining 10 holes the former US Open champion, who had had nothing better than a fifth place finish in nearly 250 events since his last win, took the title by two.

Runner-up Jerry Kelly, who would have leapt from 22nd to sixth in the Ryder Cup table by winning, had to be content with a jump into 12th spot with three weeks remaining.

“I can‘t quite put it up there with the US Open, but it‘s very close to my first win in Houston. Maybe better,” said Pavin.

“You don‘t go through six or seven lean years without having some doubts and extremely low points. That‘s just part of what I have been going through.

“To me, these last 10 years and the journey mean everything to me. I always feel like every part of our lives mean something and they build character of some kind or you respond to them in some way.

“That‘s what I feel like happened. I‘ve never given up on myself and it felt so good to prove it to myself that I could win.”

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