July 29, 2006

Pavin moves four clear in record-tying style in Milwaukee

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Corey Pavin stayed on track for his
first PGA Tour title in a decade with a record-equaling
performance at the weather-hit Milwaukee Open in Wisconsin on

One stroke clear with seven holes to play when the second
round was suspended in fading light on Friday, the American
stretched his lead to four by completing a flawless
six-under-par 64.

The 46-year-old Pavin, whose last tour victory came at the
1996 Colonial tournament, picked up three more shots on the
Brown Deer Park Golf Course to finish at 15-under 125.

That earned him a share of the PGA Tour scoring record for
the first 36 holes with compatriots Tiger Woods, Mark
Calcavecchia and Tom Lehman.

Woods set the mark at the 2000 WGC-NEC Invitational before
it was matched by Calcavecchia at the 2001 Phoenix Open and
Lehman at the 2001 Las Vegas Invitational.

Pavin, winner of the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills,
paved the way for his scoring spree with an opening 61 that
included a Tour record front nine of 26.

Fellow American Jason Bohn fired a 64 to secure second
place with compatriots Jeff Sluman (65), D.J. Trahan (65) and
Jerry Kelly (67), Australia's Nathan Green (64) and South
African David Frost (66) tied for third at nine under.

Seventy-eight players had to complete the second round on
Saturday before the halfway cut fell at two-under 138.

Among those missing out were twice champion Carlos Franco
of Paraguay, Australian Craig Parry and American Mark Brooks,
winner of the 1996 PGA Championship.

Title holder Ben Crane was disqualified on Friday for
signing an incorrect scorecard.

American Crane, who opened with a 67, marked down a three
at the par-five sixth hole instead of a regulation five,
earning himself a premature exit from the tournament.

He carded a 72 in the second round to finish at one under,
one short of the cut line.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles)