Scott Verplank thought the course at St. Andrews was hard on his feet. That was before he had to play 32 holes at the U.S. Bank Championship at Brown Deer Park in Milwaukee yesterday.

After carding a 64-65 for an 11-under-par 129, Verplank headed straight to the locker room to kick off his golf shoes and slip on sneakers.

Verplank, the leader in the clubhouse as evening rolled around, was among the more than 90 golfers who had to work overtime after thunderstorms interrupted the first round on Thursday.

With the start of the second round delayed four hours, first-round leader Ben Crane didn't tee off until 4:27 p.m.

At least he didn't have to play 36 holes like the 15 golfers who hadn't made it off the range when play was halted Thursday, resulting in the first non-completed round in Milwaukee in 18 years.

"I think everybody gets a little beat up playing in the British Open because the ground's so hard. It's hard walking," Verplank said.

* LPGA TOUR: Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66, taking a seven-stroke lead over Karine Icher and Laura Davies after the third round of the Evian Masters in Evian, France.

Creamer, 18, was eight strokes ahead of Annika Sorenstam, who carded a 72.

Icher shot a 68 and Davies had a 70. Both lost ground to Creamer, who is poised to claim her second title in her rookie season.

"Tomorrow it will be like everybody's starting out at zero," Creamer said.

Creamer, known for wearing something pink every time she plays, won the Sybase Classic two months ago.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Former Masters champion Craig Stadler saved par on his final two holes for a 3-under 68, leaving him the only player under par at the Senior British Open and giving him a two-shot lead over Greg Norman in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Stadler was at 1-under 141 as he goes after his third Champions Tour major victory. "Four birdies and a bogey around here are pretty good," Stadler said.

* EUROPEAN TOUR: U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell shot a 7-under 65 to share a one-stroke lead with Henrik Stenson after the first round of the Players' Championship of Europe in Alveslohe, Germany.