GOLF WORLD - via Geoff Shackleford - has apparently uncovered why the U.S. Ryder Cup team in Wales was, somehow, outfitted with rainsuits that weren’t waterproof.
What happened? Here’s the prevailing view: Lisa Pavin’s weird design happened. She wanted names on the backs of the jackets and stripes on the pants and sleeves. Those accoutrements had to be embroidered, which meant, in effect, poking dozens of tiny holes into the fabric, renderingthe rainsuits vulnerable in a downpour—and there were plenty of those last week (players were complaining as early as Tuesday about the rainsuits).
So why didn’t Sun Mountain explain this to Pavin? Supposedly the company did—there were more than 20 meetings between Sun Mountain and the Pavins—but in the end, Lisa got the design she wanted. And the U.S. team got soaked.
This after Mrs. Pavin was provided an “unlimited budget” to outfit the team.
The only thing worse than playing a round of golf in Wales in October is playing a round of golf in Wales in October wearing a rainsuit that isn’t actually rain-proof.
(Golf writer Jason Sobel is on the scene)
The past 48 hours American players have found that out in Wales as the Celtic Manor track has been and continues to be, predictably, deluged during play - with U.S. players themselves waterlogged despite being furnished four pairs of custom raingear.
Corey Pavin’s wife Lisa was responsible for outfitting the players and to her credit did a spiffy job on the form of the rainsuits - just not the function. (Apparently she had other apparel, or lack thereof, on her mind at the time.
The suits proved so ineffective that players had to be provided new gear straight from the Celtic Manor merchandise tent. Replete with the Euro team’s Ryder Cup logo and at a cost of $6,552.00. Read more…
At the PGA Championship three weeks ago in Wisconsin, Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin and reporter Jim Gray had an ugly confrontation in the media room over comments Gray claimed Pavin had previously made to him about Tiger Woods.
(Lisa Pavin already straightening the iron play of plenty of U.S. golfers)
It was during that nose-to-nose that we were introduced to Pavin’s wife Lisa.
From GOLF DIGEST account of the incident:
Gray confronted Pavin immediately following the press conference and not only angrily wagged a finger in the captain’s face, but also put his hand in the face of Pavin’s wife, Lisa. Pavin grabbed Gray’s wrist and moved it away. Said Pavin: “He got upset, and his eyes were a little odd, and he put his hand in front of my wife, Lisa, and I just took his hand and moved it away and said, ‘That’s my wife. You keep your hand away from her.’ He got a little crazy.”
It was later reported that Lisa Pavin recorded the conversation between the two - a recording that included videotape and may now explain why Gray was holding up a hand in her direction.
Today the magazine Avid Golfer unveiled the above cover photo of Lisa along with a lengthy profile piece on her. If she looks quite a bit younger than Corey, it’s because she is. 14 years his junior. The couple married in 2002 when he was 42 and she was 28.
From the Avid profile on how the couple met: Read more…