He could be playing in the Senior PGA Championship this week. Corey Pavin, though, opted to come to Colonial where he won in 1985 and ‘96 and has five other top-10s.
Turns out it was a good decision. Not only can the U.S. Ryder Cup captain keep tabs on some of his potential team members, he’s threatening to teach them a thing or two.
Pavin is 4 under through his first 12 holes – making three straight birdies beginning at No. 9 – and is 7 under for the tournament. The 50-year-old is four strokes off the pace currently being set by Brian Davis, who has four holes remaining in the second round.
If the leaderboard remains the way it is right now, Jordan Spieth would be paired with U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin in the final round Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
It would be the second consecutive day that the 16-year-old Spieth would be paired with a 50-year-old player. He was paired with 50-year-old Tom Pernice Jr. in Saturday's round.
UPDATE (6:15 p.m. ET): It's official -- Speith and Pavin will play together in the fifth-to-last pairing of the final round. Both players are at 6 under, six strokes off the lead held by Jason Day.
Corey Pavin is the only player in the field this week with a chance to accomplish something no golfer has ever done -- complete the PGA TOUR's Texas Slam.
Pavin has won TOUR events in Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio, but he's never won the Dallas event, the HP Byron Nelson Championship. His closest call in 22 previous starts came in 1993 when he tied for second behind Scott Simpson, who had to roll in a 12-foot par putt on the final hole for the win.
Pavin hasn't won on the PGA TOUR since the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. He's now also competing as a rookie on the Champions Tour, and he'll captain the U.S. team at this year's Ryder Cup in Wales, so his plate is pretty full right now.
Still, when he tees off later today (weather permitting), he'll have visions of that Texas Slam. It would be even more special since Pavin, born in Oxnard, Calif., now lives in the Dallas area.
"Texas has been very, very good to me," Pavin said. "I like playing here. I'm not sure exactly why. Obviously I grew up in California, but some of the conditions that we have in California are similar to here in Texas. We have a lot of firm ground. The grasses are a little different here but for some reason I like it here."
Then he joked, "Maybe it's just firm ground -- that's always a good thing for me since I carry the ball so far."
Here's the list of 10 players -- many of them Hall of Famers -- who have won in at least three of the four Texas cities currently hosting TOUR events. Adam Scott just joined the list last week with his win at the Valero Texas Open. -- Mike McAllister
|Player||Texas city in which he hasn't won|
|Robert De Vicenzo||San Antonio|
|Adam Scott||Fort Worth|