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Tom Lehman, six others atop leaderboard after first round of US Senior Open

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When Tom Lehman chipped in from 45 feet on the 18th hole Thursday, he joined six others at 3-under 67 for the first round of the US Senior Open at the Omaha (Neb.) Country Club.

‘‘In one round, 18 holes, it’s like a sprint,’’ Lehman said. ‘‘Over the course of four rounds, which is more like a marathon, things really do spread out. The field will thin out.’’

Kenny Perry shot a 67 in the morning, putting together a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major. Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake also were 3 under after their morning rounds, and Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Fred Funk, and Lehman came in with the same score in the afternoon.

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