In 34 starts on the Champions Tour, Pavin had never won. But on the 35th, something magical happened. Some of that magic took place on the par-three 14th hole at Broken Sound Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla. on Feb. 12.
Pavin had an incredible par save. He turned around his eight-iron and hit left-handed for a chip shot. That was basically the only option Pavin had as there was a tree root to the left of the ball. The chip rolled to five feet and Pavin sank the putt.
Later, he won on the first playoff hole against Peter Senior after rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt.
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"That was a once-in-a-lifetime shot," Pavin told the Associated Press. "I can't think of a better up-and-down I've had in my career. It's not like I practice turning eight-irons over and hit them left-handed. When that happens, you think you're going to win, but I had to get that thought out of my head."
Pavin went more than five years since winning a tournament before his victory at Broken Sound. His last win was the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship of Milwaukee. That stretch lasted 122 tournaments.
"It's been a long time," he said. "But I'm always more comfortable trying to win a tournament than trying to finish fifth or sixth."
Pavin was named the Champions Tour Player of the Month for January/February, but he'll be challenged to carry on his momentum at Newport Beach. Hall of Famer
Look out for Bernhard Langer, who won the Toshiba Classic in 2008. The two-time Masters champion has two top-10 finishes in three events this year.
Langer won it in 2010. He's in third with 259 points, behind second-place Corey Pavin (270) and top man
Haas is up there too, at No. 6.
They'll be vying for the $262,500 winner's check as part of the $1.75-million Toshiba Classic.