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PAVIN WINS HONDA CLASSIC AFTER SINKING MIRACLE SHOT

With Fred Couples and Corey Pavin going to a 585-yard, par-5 playoff hole, the advantage is Couples'. Right?Here's Freddie, the man called "Boom Boom" by his fellow pros, one of the longest hitters in golf and on a streak, playing skinny little Corey, definitely not a big gun off the tee.

So everything is in Fred's favor, right?

Wrong, said Couples.

"From 120 yards, I'd say he has the advantage. And from 15 feet he definitely has the advantage," a weary Couples said Sunday after he'd just become a runner-up for the second week in a row.

Pavin's winning performance in the high drama of the Honda Classic seemed to support Couples' analysis.

Pavin hit a 136-yard, 8-iron shot into the cup on the fly for an eagle-3 on the 72nd hole to gain a playoff spot, then beat Couples on the same hole moments later in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Both players parred the first playoff hole. When Couples drove into a fairway bunker, neither he nor Pavin had any chance of reaching the green in two and the advantage swung to the steady, gritty little Pavin. He flipped a third shot to about 15 feet and Couples was outside him, about 20 feet away and on the same line.

Couples left his birdie putt inches short and, again, knew what was coming.Pavin made the putt for the birdie that secured his 10th career victory, worth $198,000 from the total purse of $1.1 million.

The most fun came on the 72nd hole, when the eagle flew into the cup to finish off a 68 and a 273 total.

"I heard a `clunk' and I held my breath because sometimes they come out," he said. Ths one did not.

Minutes later, Couples hit a 120-yard 9-iron shot almost as well. It stopped about three inches from the hole and he tapped in for a birdie to complete a 71 and set up the playoff that easily could have been a multiple-man affair.

Five others, including 49-year-old Ray Floyd, missed the playoff by a single shot.

Floyd, who birdied the last hole for a 69, was tied at 274 with Keith Clearwater, Billy Ray Brown, Mark Brooks and Blaine McCallister.

In San Antonio, Lee Trevino shot a 5-under-par 67 to defend his title in the Senior PGA Tour's Vantage at The Dominion with a two-stroke margin over Chi Chi Rodriguez Sunday.

And in Tucson, Ariz., 20-year-old Brandie Burton won her first LPGA title in dramatic fashion Sunday, chipping within two feet to set up a birdie putt for a one-stroke margin in the Ping-Welch's Championship.