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Lehman names Pavin & Roberts as assistants

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman has named Corey Pavin and Loren Roberts as assistant captains for the 2006 matches against Europe at the K Club in Ireland.

Pavin, the 1995 U.S. Open champion, and Roberts played on the 1995 Ryder Cup team at Oak Hills in Rochester, New York.

"Corey and Loren are close friends and contemporaries of mine," said Lehman in a statement on Tuesday. "When the pressure is on, these are the guys I want around me.

"They have proven to be extremely tough competitors and have risen to the occasion numerous times in their careers."

Pavin, the winner of 14 PGA Tour events and 12 international titles, posted a record of 8-5-0 in three Ryder Cups.

Roberts, the owner of eight Tour titles and runner-up to Ernie Els in the 1994 U.S. Open, has a record of 3-1-0 from his only Ryder Cup appearance in 1995.

"Corey's record as a competitor is respected throughout golf. He's one of the best pressure putters I've seen, and his tenacity while a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team was inspirational," said Lehman.

"Loren built a reputation as a superb putter, which is a talent that is magnified in the Ryder Cup matches.

"He is also is a great competitor and will complement our overall preparations."

Europe have dominated the biennial tournament in recent years, winning of four the last five events, including a crushing 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory last September, the worst defeat inflicted upon the U.S. in Ryder Cup history.

 

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