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Pavin Leads U.S. Bank Golf at 9 Under

July 29, 2006

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Corey Pavin waited, watched and slept. The hardest part for him was simply wasting time. Pavin maintained a one-shot lead over Jason Bohn in the hot and humid U.S. Bank Championship on Friday, but still had work to do in the second round on Saturday.

Pavin, who opened with a 9-under 61 on Thursday, was 12 under with seven holes left when play was suspended because of darkness.

``I’m ready for dinner, that’s for sure,″ the 46-year-old Pavin said. ``The hardest thing is just wasting time until you tee off.″

Bohn was 11 under after playing 35 holes Friday. He shot a 65 in the first round and added a 64 in the second on the Brown Deer Park course.

Jeff Sluman (65), D.J. Trahan (65), Jerry Kelly (67), Nathan Green (64) and Arjun Atwal were 9 under. Atwal had seven holes left in the second round.

Exactly half the players, 78, were unable to complete the round.

Bohn had already played 33 holes before finding enough energy to finish his round with back-to-back birdies, including a sand save on No. 18 as the temperature reached 90 degrees with a heat index of 96.

``It was 35 holes of long, hot golf,″ Bohn said. ``I can’t tell you how many bottles of water I drank today. It never seemed like it was enough.″

Bohn, who will make his 14th straight cut with the line projected at 2 under, birdied the 17th hole after a perfect shot into the fairway and dropped a 144-yard shot within 6 feet.

He caused himself trouble on the par-5 18th hole, firing his second shot, a 3-wood, into the right front bunker. But he rolled his sand shot to about 5 feet and made the short putt to close the round.

``I feel like I am very close,″ Bohn said. ``I am waiting for that tournament when I put four consecutive rounds together.″

Bohn said he thought about Pavin’s opening 61 during the course of his two rounds.

``I felt like if I could get to 10- or 11-under par, I might not be leading the tournament, but I thought I could be within three or four shots of the lead,″ he said.

Pavin watched the leaderboard too, but he didn’t start off with six straight birdies like Thursday on the way to a nine-hole, PGA Tour-record 26 on the par-34 front side.

Starting on the back nine, he parred his first four holes before breaking through on the par-3 14th, when Pavin’s tee shot landed about 3 feet from the cup.

On the par-5 15th, his second shot landed 64 feet from the pin and he converted for a birdie to move to 11 under.

``A lot of times when I play a lot of holes in a day I like it,″ said Pavin, who hasn’t bogeyed a hole in the tournament. ``With the heat, it’s hard but still when you’re playing good, it’s nice to just keep playing.″

Sluman, who has two of his six career wins in Milwaukee, again rose to contention after a long day. The 1988 PGA Championship winner finished fourth here last year.

``I’d like to pack this golf course up and take it on the road with me,″ Sluman said. ``I’ve said a million times, there is no rhyme or reason, but from the first time I saw this golf course, I’ve enjoyed it and had good vibes here.″

The course is one of the shortest on the PGA Tour at 6,759 yards, and organizers and players realize that scores typically go very low. It delights Sluman.

``This is one of those few golf courses that everything fits my eye,″ he said. ``I’m very comfortable here.″

Defending champion Ben Crane was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. He parred the par-5 sixth hole, but signed for a 3. Crane, who played 36 holes Friday, had rounds of 67 and 72 to finish at 1 under.

Divots: Carlos Franco, the 1999 and 2004 winner, shot a 4-over 74 on Friday and has no chance of making the cut for the first time in eight appearances in Milwaukee. ... Sluman won in Milwaukee in 1998 and 2002. ... Of those who finished, Jeff Gove had the lowest second-round score _ a 63 that left him at 3 under.

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