COREY PAVEN TALKS TO ‘GOLF NIGHT’

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American Corey Pavin, 1985 US Open champion, would “be honoured” to lead the US Ryder Cup team – possibly as early as 2010.

American Corey Pavin, 1985 US Open champion, would “be honoured” to lead the US Ryder Cup team – possibly as early as 2010.
The American US PGA Tour veteran, who finished joint 7th in the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm on Sunday, made his Ryder Cup feelings clear in an interview this week with Golf Night the Sky Sports program that runs from Thursday to Sunday ever week.
Pavin was Tom Lehman’s vice-captain of the American team beaten by a record margin by Europe at the K Club last year, but says he hasn’t lost his love for the competition.
“I would love to be Ryder Cup captain,” he said. “We will see if it is on the cards. The PGA of America makes that decision and Paul (Azinger) is the next captain.
“Hopefully I will be captain the next time. It is up to them and if they are watching, I’d like them to know I would certainly be honoured to do so.
“The PGA of America is pretty tight with what they are thinking and they need to be, they don’t want to have too many people guessing, but all I can say is I hope am, I would like to be… It is my favourite competition in the world.”
“I love the Ryder Cup. It is fun, it is match play, it is as high drama as you can get. I have never been as nervous as I have been in a Ryder Cup, it is just fantastic stuff.”
And he should know.
Pavin played in three Ryder Cups, including the famous “War on the Shore” when the Americans won at Kiawah Island in 1991, and he is known for his tenacity, something he hopes will rub off on his players and the American golfing public, should he ever receive the captaincy call.
In the meantime he feels there were lessons to be learned from the Irish disaster but made it clear that there was only so much that a skipper can do in team golf, and despite the record defeat, he wouldn’t change the way he had gone about his business at the K Club.
“The result was awful. “I am sure you hated it!” he added with a smile
“It is interesting because I have talked with Tom and I don’t think we would do much differently. The bottom line is the European team played much better and they won. I think the captain has an influence, definitely, but you can just put the pairings together and do the best you can.
“The guys do have to play, you can’t control that and once they are out there, you just hope they play well. The European team was very strong, from one through 12 this last time, and I was pretty impressed with the way they played.
“They holed a lot of putts, hit a lot of great shots and did everything they needed to do to win the matches. That is just what we need to do right back and it is a shame. I would like to see them (Ryder Cup matches) close.”
“I certainly feel an urgency to win. The results the last seven or eight Ryder Cups, I haven’t been very fond of but it is just a matter of the guys playing well.
“We just need to have some young guys come up and play well, assert themselves.
“We need to have some new blood in there. It is tough when you have Tiger (Woods) winning most of the tournaments over there, and Phil (Mickelson), but we need to get some guys winning tournaments over there and developing some confidence that they can take into the Ryder Cup and win their matches.
“I sure hope the American golfing public wants us to get back on top. I haven’t queried every American but I would suspect they would like to see the Cup come back to the US.”
Some said Pavin’s enthusiasm went too far at Kiawah Island when he was at the heart of the American team that wore combat-fatigue style camouflaged caps, but Pavin says the public perception of that statement is wrong.
He said: “It is funny, there is a big misinterpretation of what kind of statement we were making by wearing that. It was to support the troops in Iraq and I think people took it as the war was on the golf course, and I think it was totally misunderstood.
“I apologize I offended anybody, but that was all it was about.”

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