There’s a reason why Corey Pavin’s nickname is “Bulldog” — he’s a fierce competitor who grinds it out. How he gets around the course isn’t always so pretty, but he manages to get it done with the given circumstances of the day, which is basically the story of his first round at the US Senior Open. Pavin scrapped his way through Sahalee, a layout which is supposed to suit his game, to post a two-over 72.
I started following him on the 16th, his seventh hole on Thursday, and watched through the 4th. It looked more like he was en route to shoot 80, especially given some of his on-course antics, which were somewhat endearing, but partly because I was so surprised (even though it makes perfect sense).