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Norman Leads by a Stroke After His First-Round 64

Associated Press

Greg Norman shot an eight-under-par 64 Thursday in his first appearance at the Greater Milwaukee Open and took a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the $800,000 tournament.

Wayne Grady, Phil Blackmar, Curt Byrum and Steve Pate were one shot behind on a windy, overcast day at the 7,030-yard Tuckaway Country Club course.

Norman, playing the back nine first, started slowly with a bogey-five on the 444-yard 10th hole.

But a birdie on the 525-yard 12th got Norman rolling. He finished the round with nine birdies, one on each of the course’s four par-fives.

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Grady, playing in the same threesome with Norman, kept pace. He made two 40-foot putts and another from 60 feet for three birdies, and holed a sand wedge on the 390-yard fourth hole for an eagle-two.

Blackmar, Byrum and Pate played the course in the afternoon when the wind picked up and a threat of rain lingered. But all three managed seven birdies on a course known for low scores.

Alone at 66 was Steve Lowery, while seven others were at 67--Mark Lye, Hale Irwin, David Frost, Nick Price, Doug Weaver, Greg Ladehoff and Andrew Magee.

Norman said his early-morning tee time was partially responsible for his sluggish start.

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“It took about four or five holes to get my body in sync,” he said. “You hope to get off to a good start and just continue. Now you have a foundation to build a tournament around.”


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