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Corey Pavin

In the 100 years the U.S. Open has been played as our national championship, the final few holes have witnessed some profound heroics. Take, for example, Francis Ouimet birdying the 17th hole of The Country Club in 1913 to seal his playoff victory over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. Or how about Bob Jones holing a 40-foot putt on the 72nd green at Interlachen in 1930 to win his fourth Open? More recently, reflect back to Pebble Beach in 1982 when Tom Watson lobbed a little pitch into the hole of the 71st green to nose out Jack Nicklaus.

These were all remarkable shots worthy of their place in golf's lore. But as a celebration of the Open's Centennial, the 4-wood played by Corey Pavin into the final green at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on the eastern tip of Long Island stands among the decisive shots ever struck on the final hole of the game's ultimate test.

Pavin completed his final round of 68 for a 72-hole total of 280. This mark represented even par, besting Greg Norman by two strokes and Tom Lehman by three. Pavin became the fourth consecutive winner to make the Open his first major championship, following Tom Kite at Pebble Beach, Lee Janzen at Baltusrol, and Ernie Els at Oakmont.

This Open represented the third one held at Shinnecock Hills. Players, officials, and spectators alike praised the venue as worthy site for the Centennial Open. Perhaps its worthiness is best demonstrated by its difficulty as evidence by the cut coming at 6-over-par 146. Seventy-three professionals qualified to play all four rounds. No amateur made the cut.


Starts - 23

Best Finish - Winner 1995

Rds - 70

Cuts Made - 12

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 1

Top 10 - 3

Top 25 - 7

Avg. - 73.31

Scores In 60s - 8

Rds Under Par - 10

Earnings - $757,104.50