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Pavin ties course mark with 63 Aggressive play benefits defending Open champ; Kemper notebook

THE BALTIMORE SUN

POTOMAC -- Corey Pavin, with a "nothing to lose" attitude, produced one of his most solid rounds, as he equaled the Tournament Players Club at Avenel course record with an 8-under-par 63 in yesterday's closing round of the Kemper Open.

The result was a 277, and a tie for 10th place. Ted Schulz (1991), David Toms (1993), Pavin (1995), and Davis Love III (1995) had shot 63. As it turned out, none of them was a winner, although Love was the closest with his playoff loss to Lee Janzen a year ago.

"I was driving it off every tee, going for every pin, and I executed well," Pavin said. "I played aggressively -- more so than usual."

For the round, he missed only one fairway and hit every green in XTC regulation. Along the way, he took 29 putts and made an eagle (a 4-iron shot to three feet at No. 6) and seven birdies.

"The key holes were six and seven, where I hit two great 4-irons," Pavin said. "The one at No. 7 was to 18 inches."

His only deviation was a bogey at the last hole, where a 6-iron shot came up short right, about 80 feet from the hole. His five-footer for par broke off at the last moment.

"I'd like to have this attitude more on a daily basis," he said. "I was a little looser. There's a fine line between that and my normal routine. I'm usually a more conservative player than this, an intelligent player."

Pavin admitted to feeling tired, and it was not surprising considering his recent schedule.

A slender 5-foot-9, he was in contention two weeks ago in Dallas, and won at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth last week. "That wore me out."

From there, he flew to Detroit for a U.S. Open media day (he will defend at Oakland Hills Country Club next month), flew home to Orlando, Fla., and back here Wednesday.

"I'm mentally tired and was not concentrating, was not focused as much as I wanted," he said. "I'll play the next three weeks, and just want to have confidence going into the Open."

Hammond playing more

Frederick native Donnie Hammond, who just made the cut, shot 69-69 on the weekend for 281, and a tie for 30th. It marked his third cut in as many starts over the last four weeks.

He lost his exempt status after last year and failed to advance out of the qualifying school. It means getting in where he can this season, and to date he has made five cuts in 10 starts for $40,490 (best check, $13,350).

"Playing as much as I have in the last month has helped," he said. "I putted better, and felt more comfortable." His starts had been sporadic during the first four months.

"I've been getting into some events off last year's money list and some from sponsor's exemptions. I expect to play more this summer, and hopefully qualify for next year off this year's list."

Pub Date: 5/27/96

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