Best of 2012 in Florida Golf: Corey Pavin’s Shot at Boca Raton

By: John Schwarb


What makes the pros great isn’t just their robo-pure ballstriking and mental fortitude. Their imagination to see the wild shots, and then execute them, is also remarkable.

Corey Pavin of the Champions Tour showed us that in February at the Allianz Championship at The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, with a genius shot from a spot where most of us would have taken a drop and moved on.

At the 14th hole, Pavin’s approach sailed the green and ended up in a depression next to a tree root. The root made it an impossible play for the righthanded Pavin.

So what did he do? He pulled an 8-iron, flipped it over and took a hack lefthanded. And wouldn’t you know, the ball came out cleanly, scooted on the green and settled within range for a short par putt.

"That was a once-in-a-lifetime shot," Pavin said. "I can't think of a better up-and-down I've had in my career. It's not like I practice turning 8-irons over and hit them left-handed.”

Pavin went on to win the event in a playoff over Peter Senior, and his shot was the best of the year on the Champions Tour. Watch it here.

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