Title Ends Pavin’s Drought
Corey Pavin’s precise putting and a timely eagle on the par-four eighth hole at Milwaukee carried him to his first PGA Tour victory in 10 years.
Pavin, 46, closed with a three-under-par 67 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Madison, Wis., native Jerry Kelly in the U.S. Bank Championship.
It was the 15th PGA Tour victory for Pavin, whose last title came in the 1996 Colonial. He finished with a 20-under 260 on the 6,759-yard Brown Deer Park Golf Course.
Pavin, who did not three-putt a single green, holed his 172-yard second shot on the eighth hole. Kelly, urged on by a partisan crowd that he tried to pump up by waving his arms during his final round, also closed with a 67 but missed 13 birdie puts.
Loren Roberts squandered a five-stroke lead, then made a par putt to win a sudden-death playoff over Eduardo Romero in the Senior British Open at Turnberry, Scotland. The two players went to the playoff tied at six-under 274. In the final round, Roberts shot a 75 and Romero a 71.
They returned to the 18th for the playoff, and Roberts needed three shots to reach the green; Romero had a 30-foot putt for birdie. But Romero left his try five feet away, and Roberts holed his 12-footer for par. Then Romero missed his five-footer for par.
Jennie Lee of Duke beat Melissa Reid, 3 and 2, to clinch the United States’ fifth consecutive Curtis Cup victory, an 11 1/2 -6 1/2 decision over Britain and Ireland in the biennial amateur women’s competition at Bandon, Ore.