The PGA Tour's all-time 72-hole scoring record escaped Corey Pavin in San Antonio.
It mattered not at all."That's all just big bonus stuff," Pavin said after scoring what he called "my most meaningful win," Sunday in the Texas Open.
He won it by a whopping eight-shot margin with a bogey-free final round of 66and a 259 total, 21 shots under par on the Oak Hills Country Club course. The score has been bettered on the tour only once, by Mike Souchak's 257 in the 1955 Texas Open on a different course, Brackenridge Park.
It has been equalled only three times, by Byron Nelson in the 1945 Seattle Open, by Chandler Harper in the 1954 Texas Open and by Tim Norris in the 1982 Greater Hartford Open.
"I knew what the record was," Pavin said. "I had a putt on 16 to have a chance at it. When it missed, I knew the record was gone."
But the victory was there, and that was the important thing, said Pavin, who had fought a slump since winning the 1987 Hawaiian Open.
- - - In St. Andrew's, Scotland, Ireland capped a week of surprising play by defeating Australia 2-1 to capture its first-ever victory in the $1-million Dunhill Cup golf competition at St Andrew's, Scotland.
During the week, the Irish trio of Des Smyth, Eamonn Darcy and Ronan Rafferty upset Canada, top-seeded America and England, the defending champion, before downing Australia in the final.
"It is the greatest thing that has ever happened to Irish golf. It is incredible that we should take on such strong nations and beat them," Smyth said after the final victory Sunday. "We are only a small country and didn't win any medals in the Olympic Games. So this makes up for that."
Ireland gained its victory with a dramatic turn-round in the last few holes.
Smyth, two shots down with three holes to play, produced a superb finish to shoot a 1-under-par 71 and beat Rodger Davis by two strokes, giving his country the vital point to win the Cup.
Rafferty, who won his match by five strokes with a 3-under 69, was always on top against David Graham.
Greg Norman, ranked No. 1 in the world, gained Australian's lone point, defeating Darcy. The Australian was close to the course record with a superb 9-under-par 63.
Spain defeated England 2-1 for third place. Severiano Ballesteros edged Barry Lane by one stroke, while Jose Rivero defeated Mark James by the same margin.
Only Nick Faldo won for England, scoring a 6-under-par 66 to beat Jose-Maria Olazabal by one shot.