Pavin had to play seven holes early Saturday after darkness halted play the night before, but he finished with a 6-under 64 to take a 15-under 125 lead into the third round later in the day. That tied the 46-year-old Pavin with Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Lehman for the record for the lowest score through the first 36 holes on the PGA Tour.
Woods accomplished the feat at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2000, but Calcavecchia (17 under at the 2001 FBR Open) and Lehman (19 under in 2001 at Las Vegas) each were further under par.
The U.S. Open winner in 1995, Pavin shot a PGA Tour record for nine holes when he carded a 26 on the par-34 front side to open the tournament on Thursday.
Jason Bohn had to play 35 holes Friday and, by the end of the weekend, he hopes to have a good reason to skip next year's British Open.
After drawing attention last week for staying stateside to defend his B.C. Open title, Bohn shot a 65 and a 64 in his first two rounds and was in second place at 11 under.
Jeff Sluman (65), D.J. Trahan (65), Jerry Kelly (67), Nathan Green (64) and Scott Frost (66) were 9 under.
Exactly half the players -- 78 -- were forced to finish the second round Saturday morning, and the cut was at 2-under 138.
Pavin, trying to become the second straight wire-to-wire winner in Milwaukee after Ben Crane did it last year, birdied his first hole of the day after hitting out of the rough to within 3 feet. He added birdies on No. 6 and No. 8. Pavin does not have a bogey despite missing 12 fairways over two rounds.
Bohn said he felt like he made the right decision when he decided against traveling to Hoylake, England, even though the British Open is his favorite major.
'I got an incredible reaction among my peers,' Bohn said. 'A lot of players told me it was a cool thing and commended me on it.'
If Bohn manages to win the U.S. Bank Championship, he'll have his second career title and be forced to make the same decision again because the Open falls on the same weekend as this tournament in 2007.
It sounds like he's already made up his mind.
'I hope that I win (here),' Bohn said. 'I hope that I never get to go to the British Open. If I keep winning and having to defend my title, then I will never go to the British Open.'
After his record-setting round Thursday, Pavin had to wait more than 28 hours to tee off for the second round while 106 players finished the first round and moved onto the second on Friday.
So Pavin took a long afternoon nap -- and then started paying attention.
'I always like to watch and see what's going on in the tournament,' Pavin said. 'I had an exact idea what was going on.'
Crane was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
He parred the par-5 sixth hole, but signed for a 3. Crane, who finished 36 holes Friday, had rounds of 67 and 72 to finish at 1 under. If he had scored a 3 on the hole, he would have made the cut.