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Corey Pavin: Ryder Cup Captain & U.S. Open Champion

Ask any golf fan what they know about Corey Pavin and they will likely bring up at least two things:  the famous 4-wood at Shinnecock Hills in the 1995 U.S. Open that solidified his first major win; and his connection to Ryder Cup lore through his memorable times competing as a player (’91,’93,’95) and as a Captain (2010).

Corey Pavin: A dedicated and spirited competitor…

Corey was bestowed the nickname, Bulldog, because of his fierce competitive attitude, which was evident at the early age of 17 when he triumphed in both the Los Angeles City Amateur Championship and the Junior World Championship.  It has aptly followed him throughout his illustrious career of 15 PGA Tour wins, 12 international victories, and his most recent victory, the 2012 Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour.   

Pavin grew up in California where he was recruited to play collegiate golf for UCLA.  While at UCLA, he earned first-team All-American nods two times, and posted 11 victories; he was named NCAA Player of the Year in 1982. 

After turning pro in 1982, he spent most of his first season playing outside the United States, winning three times, including once on the European Tour as well as the South African PGA Championship. 

Corey began his rookie year on the PGA Tour in 1984 after a successful Q-School in late 1983.  He started fast, winning the Houston Coca-Cola Open, and finishing 18th on the money list overall.  1985 was even better, with the first of five career Top-10 money list finishes.  Corey quickly established himself as a highly consistent player, but his best seasons were 1991-96.  In those six years, he finished no lower than 18th on the money list and posted seven victories.  He was first on the money list in 1991, fifth in 1992, eighth in 1994 and fourth in 1995.  Corey was so good that he earned the distinction of “the best player never to win a major”, which he quickly left behind at Shinnecock Hills – the site of his first major victory – the 1995 U.S. Open.   

He entered the final round three strokes off the lead.  By the 71st hole, Corey had passed Greg Norman and held a 1-stroke lead with one hole to play.  And on the 18th, he struck what has come to be regarded as one of the best high-pressure shots of the 1990’s.  Corey striped a 4-wood from 228 yards onto the green; the ball stopped a mere six feet from the cup.  The victory and his legacy were secure. 

In 2009, Corey was chosen to Captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team.  While the team came up just short on the last hole of the final match, Pavin calls the experience the highlight of his professional career and will forever be remembered as one of the Ryder Cup’s greatest competitors and ambassadors for the event. 

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Corey’s tenacious, competitive spirit has earned him the name of Bulldog on the PGA Tour.

Four Wood (performance under pressure)
Corey’s famous 4-wood on the 72nd hole of the 1995 U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills was the defining shot of his career and one of the most remembered in the history of major championship golf.

Ryder Cup
His career as a Ryder Cup competitor is extraordinary with a crowning achievement of Captain of the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team. As he said in his press conference announcing his captaincy, “If you cut my arm open, Ryder Cup would just bleed out".

U.S. Military
Corey’s love for the Ryder Cup is embodied in his love for the USA.  From his participation in USO trips to his philanthropic work with Operation Homefront ( a charity that supports families of active duty servicemen while their loved ones are away), Corey has a great love for the men and women who serve and protect our country.

Consistency - 26 consecutive years on the PGA Tour.

Personal Interests - Faith, Family, Harley-Davidson, UCLA, NBA, and MLB

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