Ben Crane weathered the rain delay the best.

Crane, who was atop the leader board when thunderstorms interrupted the first round of the U.S. Bank Championship yesterday, continued his birdie bombardment on Brown Deer Park in Milwaukee after a nearly five-hour delay.

His 8-under-par 62 made him the clubhouse leader with many in the field of 156 still on the course, where everyone would be drenched during a second rain delay 21/2 hours later.

Crane was 4 under when the horn sounded just as he made the turn at 10:05 a.m.

"I just went back to the hotel, laid down and relaxed," Crane said. "I came back and went through my regular routine. It worked out well. I was able to continue the momentum."

Kenny Perry, the 2003 winner, shot a 63 on the par-70 course.

* LPGA TOUR: Annika Sorenstam shot a 6-under 66 to climb into contention at the Evian (France) Masters, two strokes behind second-round leaders Paula Creamer and Christina Kim.

Creamer and Kim each shot 4-under 68s and share the lead at 8-under 136. Sorenstam stood alone in second at 6 under, with Laura Davies and Carin Koch another stroke back.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Loren Roberts made his tour debut with a 1-over 72 at Royal Aberdeen to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Senior British Open in Aberdeen, Scotland.

* U.S. BOYS' JUNIOR AMATEUR: Kevin Tway, Bob Tway's 16-year-old son, beat Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders, in a second-round match and won his next match 3 and 1 to advance to the quarterfinals in Longmeadow, Mass.

* U.S. GIRLS' JUNIOR AMATEUR: U.S. Women's Open runner-up Morgan Pressel, 17, lost in the third round in Eagle, Idaho. Pressel was eliminated when Juliana Murcia Ortiz chipped in from 40 feet on the first extra hole.