Pavin, Langer among leaders at Gulf Resort Classic
Corey Pavin birdied his first six holes and finished with a
5-under 67 to join Bernhard Langer, Roger Chapman and Joe Daley
atop the leaderboard after the second round of the Champions Tour’s
Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Saturday.
Pavin took advantage of Fallen Oak’s soft greens in ideal
windless conditions. He has made six straight birdies in a
tournament only one other time – at the U.S. PGA Tour’s 2006 U.S.
Bank Championship – and he finished that weekend with a
”It’s fun to do,” Pavin said. ”That’s my longest string of
birdies in a tournament ever. I got a little frisky on seven,
trying to break my own record and I three-putted. But still, it was
a good day and obviously a great start.”
Langer had a 65, Chapman shot 67, and Daley had a 66.
Esteban Toledo, Tom Pernice Jr., and Gene Sauers were a stroke
behind the leaders. Toledo and Pernice shot 65 to match Langer for
lowest round of the day.
Langer has already won once this year, at the ACE Group Classic
in February. He has finished in the top three at three of four
tournaments this season.
”I hit my irons a little closer today which gave me a little
better birdie opportunities,” Langer said. ”You have days when
you feel good about your swing, but you never know if you’re going
to make putts.”
Defending champion Fred Couples also had a good day, shooting a
66 to stay within striking distance at two strokes off the
”I knew to have any kind of shot to do anything this weekend, I
had to play well today,” Couples said. ”There’s no saying you’re
going to shoot 60 on Sunday. So I worked my way up the leaderboard
and I think I’m in great shape. There are several other guys
playing well, too, but I can’t stop them.”
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