Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Birthday: November 16, 1959
Year turned pro: 1982
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, USA
Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric
Born in Oxnard, California in 1959, Pavin went on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1981 Pavin won two gold medals at the Maccabiah Games, which is the Jewish version of the Olympics, before turning professional the following year. Pavin was successful early in his career, winning three international events in 1983, and his first PGA Tour event at the Houston Coca-Cola Open in 1984.
Over the next ten years Pavin achieved several successes on the PGA Tour; he won at least one event on either that tour, or the International Tour every year. In 1991 Pavin finished the season at the top of the PGA Tour money list, and in 1995 he won the US Open. This was to be his only success in a major tournament, and it was also the start of a major dip in his performance. After one more win on the PGA Tour, at the Bank of America Colonial in 1996, Pavin did not win again for ten years. This success came in 2006, at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
During his playing career Pavin was part of three US Ryder Cup teams; in 1991, 1993 and 1995. He also acted as the US Ryder Cup team captain in 2010, when they lost 13½ to 14½, to Europe.
Since qualifying to start playing on the Champions Tour, Pavin had to wait until his 35th start to achieve his first win; at the Allianz Championship in 2012.
Away from the course Pavin appeared on the big screen, when he played himself in the movie Tin Cup, in 1996. He has been married twice; the first time to Shannon Healy and the second time to Lisa Nguyen. Pavin and Healy have two children together. In 1996 Pavin won Disney's father-child event for Ryan's age group. At one point Pavin played golf with President Bill Clinton, while he was still in office. When Pavin won the US Open in 1995, Clinton rang to congratulate him.
As of the end of 2014, Pavin had achieved 15 wins on the PGA Tour, amassing total prize money of $16,021,370.