Corey Pavin stunned old friend Mark O'Meara with a 40-foot chip-in for birdie on the first playoff hole yesterday to win the Bob Hope Classic in Indian Wells, Calif.
"I really didn't expect him to make it, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised," O'Meara said. "He's done that kind of thing to me before, ever since college."
"He's done that kind of thing to me too," Pavin countered, "like in Kapalua," where O'Meara beat Pavin in a playoff in 1985.
The two went overtime after birdies on the 90th hole put them at 331, 29 under par.
The score broke by two strokes the PGA Tour 90-hole record, set by Lanny Wadkins and Craig Stadler in this event in 1985.
Pavin, second last week in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, played the Hope final round in 7- under 65. O'Meara, who led or shared the lead through the second, third and fourth rounds, played the final 18 at Indian Wells in 67.
Tim Simpson also broke the old record with 332 on a closing 67. Ray Floyd had a second consecutive 64 and tied the old record.
"One of the best shots I ever made," Pavin said after his eighth victory in eight seasons on the PGA Tour but first since 1988.
The playoff began on No. 17. O'Meara drove the fairway and Pavin hit into trouble under overhanging trees. Pavin had to play a low shot out and left his approach in the rough 40 to 45 feet from the cup. O'Meara pitched onto the green, about 15 feet from the hole.
"I felt like I was in the driver's seat," O'Meara said.
"I didn't expect to chip it in," Pavin said, "but I thought I could get it close. It hit right, took the right bounce and ran right in the hole."
O'Meara's birdie putt broke far to the right and it was over.
The victory was worth $198,000 and put Pavin in the 1991 earnings lead with $338,300.
LPGA: Beth Daniel began her 1991 season where she left off in 1990 when she was LPGA player of the year with seven victories. She turned back challenges by Nancy Lopez and Laura Baugh and banked the $75,000 winner's purse in the Phar-Mor Classic at Inverrary in Lauderhill, Fla.
Out the first two tournaments this season with a sore shoulder, Daniel had a closing 69 for 7-under-par 209 to 69 -- 211 for Lopez and 69 -- 212 by Baugh for third and her best finish since 1986.
Senior PGA: Bob Charles, capitalizing for the second time in three years when misfortune struck his playing partner on Tampa Palms' 17th hole, beat Lee Trevino and George Archer by four strokes in the Suncoast Classic.
Charles won the 1989 tournament after leader Dave Hill triple-bogeyed the lake-guarded 549-yard 17th. Now Trevino took an 8 and the left-hander won with 70 for 6-under 210, for $67,500.
Australian Skins: Wayne Grady won two skins on Day 2, including a $70,000 accumulation, and came out on top in Port Douglas. Grady, the U.S. PGA champion, earned $88,920; Greg Norman, $18,720 (on his 36th birthday); Rodger Davis, $9,360, and Ian Baker-Finch, zero.
Australian Matchplay: Chris Patton, the 1989 U.S. Amateur victor, collected $28,000 as he beat Ken Dukes of Australia, 5 and 3, in the 36-hole final near Melbourne.