Lehman and Pavin set for Senior Open

Pavin LehmanFormer United States Ryder Cup Captains Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin are hoping their love of links golf can inspire them to further Major glory when they head to Turnberry for The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, from 26-29 July.

Lehman, who won The 1996 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, will be hoping to add The Senior Open Championship title to his victory at the 2010 Senior US PGA Championship.

“Turnberry is an amazing place,” said The 2006 United States Ryder Cup Captain, who won the 2011 European Senior Tour season-ending MCB Tour Championship. “It is a tremendous golf course and a beautiful spot in the world. The views from the top of the hill and the hotel looking over the course to Ailsa Craig are exceptional.

“They do love their golf up there and it seems like whenever there is an event at Turnberry something special happens. The Watson-Nicklaus duel was pretty special and then Tom playing so well a few years ago, when Stewart Cink ended up winning, was one of those rare moments in sport when everyone was holding their breath. Turnberry seems to do that. It is just a great golf course and it brings out the very best in people.”

Lehman, who topped the US Champions Tour Money List in 2011, added: “Winning The Senior Open is one of the things that is on my wish list – to win both The Senior Open and the US Senior Open.”

Pavin, who won the 1995 US Open Championship at the links-style Shinnecock Hills, finished runner up to Germany’s Bernhard Langer the last time The Senior Open Championship visited Scotland at Carnoustie in 2010.

He followed that by finishing third behind Russ Cochran at Walton Heath Golf Club in The Senior Open Championship last year, and after defeating Peter Senior in a play-off to capture his first US Champions Tour victory in the recent Allianz Championship, Pavin is hoping to make it third time lucky at Turnberry.

Pavin said: “After finishing second and third in the past two Senior Opens, I’m hoping that 2012 will be my year.

“It would mean a lot to me to win it. Winning any Major would be a nice accomplishment, but winning The Senior Open would be extra special because I love links golf, especially in the birth country of golf.

“The Ailsa Course is a wonderful golf course, and one that I enjoy playing. How can anyone not remember The 1977 Open Championship duel between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus?

“The fans in Scotland have always been great and their knowledge of the game is second to none.”

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