"I've been playing poorly really until probably five or six weeks ago," Goggin said. "I went to a longer driver at the start of the year and that didn't help."
He went back to a shorter driver. After missing seven of eight cuts, he finished 37th at the St. Jude Classic two weeks ago. He believes he is turning it around, but he knew better than to scream his dreams on Thursday, too.
"Heaven for Tasmanian Devil."
Or, "Wi Are The World" or "Move Over Nintendo, This Is Wi Golf."
Or, with due respect to Hemingway, maybe "Old Man And The "C" Lands A Big One." As captain of the Ryder Cup, Pavin fields questions everywhere these days. And, yes, he reported Thursday: "I want [ Tiger Woods] to be on the team. He's the best player in the world."
Pavin was seventh this year at Colonial, his favorite event. Travelers is his second favorite. He shot a Thursday 62 here in 2004. This time, he found 16 greens in regulation.
"This is a unique year for me," said Pavin, who has split his 14 events equally between the Champions and PGA tours. "If I wasn't Ryder Cup captain, I'd probably only be playing in two or three regular tour events."
This is Pavin's 18th appearance at Cromwell, dating from 1984. In 1991, he gave us big-time memories when he sank a 30-foot putt on the final hole to force a playoff with Billy Ray Brown and Rick Fehr.
"Exciting stuff," Pavin said. "It would have been more exciting if I won the playoff."
There's always this Sunday, Corey.