Pavin fires 26 at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Corey Pavin struggled to find the right description for his record-setting round Thursday.

It was somewhere between magical and downright weird.

Brilliant early and nervous late, the 46-year-old Pavin broke the PGA Tour's nine-hole record with a front-nine 26 en route to a 9-under 61 and a three-stroke lead in the suspended first round of the rain-soaked U.S. Bank Championship.

He birdied his first six holes and eight of the first nine in his bogey-free round on the Brown Deer Park Golf Course.

"It seemed like it was a misprint up there, maybe," Pavin said. "It was just one of those nine holes, once in a lifetime for me so far, anyway."


Pavin said he didn't feel the start coming at the driving range, but he had his old caddie, Eric Schwarz, back for the second time after a six-month layoff.

He started out with a 39-foot birdie putt on the first hole that he felt compelled to apologize for due to his stroke of good luck. On No. 4, he sank a putt from nearly the same distance and he moved to 6 under with a 4-footer two holes later.

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