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 love competing."

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 nine-under-par 207.

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.

02/12 20:19:11 ET

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