Pavin leads at Administaff Modest Organization Classic
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a six-beneath-par 66 Friday for a a single-shot lead following the 1st round of the Champions Tour’s Administaff Small Organization Classic.
Pavin did not play golf for a 45-day period although serving as the Ryder Cup group captain Callaway X Series Jaws Vintage . He returned two weeks ago and tied for 57th in the Senior Players Championships and then rested final week.
Pavin started fast with a four-foot birdie putt on the 1st hole and had extended birdie putts of 12 feet at No. five and 25 feet at No. 7 to make the turn at 3 below Callaway X-24 Hot Irons.
He kept his putter functioning with 12-foot birdies at Nos. ten and 11. He missed a 7-foot putt on No. 14 for a bogey, but recovered with birdie putts on Nos. 15 and 18. He also had a par-saving 6-foot putt on No. 17.
Mark Wiebe birdied 3 of the final six holes for a 67 in a steady round that integrated 5 birdies and no bogeys. Two far more shots back was Russ Cochran, who had to overcome back-to-back bogeys on Nos. eight and 9.
Ten other players, which includes defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Loren Roberts, finished with 2-beneath 70s.
Kenny Perry, with 14 victories on the PGA TOUR, made his Champions Tour debut with a 6-over 78 right after beginning the day with eight consecutive pars. He had Callaway Diablo Edge Series a double bogey on No. 9 to kick off a rough finish.
Steve Lowery, also making his Champions Tour debut, shot 75. Defending champion John Cook shot even par.
Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer shot a 79 and Fred Couples, present runner-up in the standings, had a 71.
Wiebe started on the back nine with 3 pars ahead of running in a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 13 and a 2-foot birdie on the 15th.
He birdied once again on No. four from six feet and at No. six from 30 feet, then pulled within one particular shot of the lead with yet another 30-footer from the fringe on his final hole.