The Corey Pavin we saw at last week's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic was very different from the Corey Pavin we had grown accustomed to seeing the last few years. First, Pavin made the cut and finished tied for 43rd, worth noting if only because he was coming off his worst season as a pro. In 22 starts last year he made only 11 cuts, had just one top 10 and was 169th on the money list.
Pavin, who spent much of the off-season working with coach Gary Smith, sounds more optimistic than he has in a long time. "We eliminated some bad habits I developed the last couple years," Pavin says. "I'm finally swinging like I used to."
He definitely doesn't look like he used to. In October, Pavin tried to kiss his four-year-old son, Austin, but got the cold shoulder. Austin said the whiskers from his dad's bushy mustache, which he'd worn for about 15 years, hurt too much. Says Pavin, "I immediately ran to the bathroom, shaved it off and gave Austin a big kiss."