Pavin downs Senior in Boca Raton playoff|
Boca Raton, FL (Sports Network) - Corey Pavin birdied the first playoff hole
Sunday to defeat Peter Senior and win the Allianz Championship.
Senior birdied the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Both Pavin
and Senior closed with one-under 71s to end at 11-under-par 205.
They returned to the par-five 18th. Pavin rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt,
while Senior only managed a par.
The victory for Pavin was his first on the Champions Tour.
"It's very nice to win. It's always nice to win a tournament," Pavin said. "I
Bernhard Langer (71) and Michael Allen (69) shared third place at minus-10.
John Cook and Jay Haas both closed with three-under 69s to tie for fifth at
Mark Calcavecchia had six birdies in a nine-hole span from the third at The
Old Course at Broken Sound Club. That putt him atop the leaderboard at
minus-14, but he bogeyed six of the last seven holes to tumble into a tie for
seventh at minus-eight.
Pavin tripped to a bogey on the fifth, but came right back with birdies on six
and seven. Senior and Calcavecchia matched the birdie on No. 7 as the trio
headed to the eighth tied for the lead.
Pavin and Calcavecchia made it three in a row with birdies on the eighth.
Calcavecchia also birdied the ninth to get to 13-under. Meanwhile, Senior
tripped to a bogey on No. 9 and was three back.
Calcavecchia wrapped birdies at one and three around a double-bogey on the
second. Calcavecchia converted another birdie try on the par-five 11th to move
to 14-under, where he was three clear of the field.
However, he faltered to bogeys on the next two holes. Calcavecchia settled
himself with a par on 14, but he bogeyed the last four holes to tumble down
the leaderboard and open the door for Senior and Pavin.
Senior parred eight in a row from the 10th, but it was Pavin that nearly
walked away with the title in regulation.
Pavin birdied 13 to match Calcavecchia at 12-under. As Calcavecchia tumbled
down the leaderboard, Pavin parred the next three holes before tripping to a
bogey on 17.
He led by one heading to the last, but closed with a par and that allowed
Senior to force the playoff with a closing birdie.
"It was an interesting day with a lot of momentum changes," Pavin stated. "I
felt comfortable all day and felt if I kept doing what I was doing, I'd be
okay. I felt bad for Peter, he made a huge putt at 18."
Senior dropped to 0-3 in playoffs on the Champions Tour and this was his fifth
runner-up finish in 48 starts on tour.
"I think I lost it on the greens today," Senior admitted. "I don't think I
left as many putts short. I was tentative on my putts the last nine holes."
NOTES: Pavin, who earned $270,000 for the win, last won a PGA Tour-sanctioned
event at the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship...The tour heads to Naples next week
for the ACE Group Classic, where Bernhard Langer is the defending champion.
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