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EIGHT MORE THAN ENOUGH IN MILWAUKEE

Only one other time has a PGA Tour leader board been this crowded after an opening round.

Eight golfers shot 5-under 65s Thursday and were tied for the lead at the U.S. Bank Championship, formerly known as the Greater Milwaukee Open. Another 10 were one shot back.

"A lot of people, a lot of golf (left)," said Danny Briggs, who was tied for first with Todd Fischer, Bo Van Pelt, Brett Quigley, Patrick Sheehan, Brian Kortan, Robert Gamez and Olin Browne.

The Honda Classic in 2000 had the only other eight-way tie for first after one round, according to the PGA Tour, which began keeping such statistics in 1970.

Elsewhere in golf:

Eduardo Romero opened his seniors career with a 5-under-par 69 and shared the first-round lead at the Senior British Open in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Romero turned 50 five days ago to qualify for his first seniors event. Don Pooley, John Chillas and Jim Rhodes also had 69s, with defending champion Tom Watson six strokes back at 75 despite an eagle on the second hole. Lonnie Nielsen from Crag Burn opened with a 76.

Karen Stupples shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam after the second round of the Evian Masters in France.

Matt Thomas of Blasdell, who plays out of Springville Country Club, advanced to today's quarterfinal round at the NYSGA Men's Amateur Championship at Wiltwych Country Club in Kingston. Thomas beat J. Garrett Green of Buffalo (Crag Burn), 3 and 2, to advance to today's match against Steve Nosonowitz of Wiltwych CC. David Patronik of Gannon College and Orchard Park (Holland Hills), Vernon Jacobs of Lewiston (Niagara Frontier), Chris Stoddard of Jamestown (Moon Brook) and Jeff Wolniewicz of West Seneca (Crag Burn) were eliminated in match play Thursday.

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