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Norman shares Senior Open lead

CARMEL, Ind. - Greg Norman looked like his old self Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open.

There were the trademark drives, the string of birdies and those customary big crowds following his every move. He even rekindled an image he'd rather forget: A last-hole struggle.

Norman birdied four straight holes on the front nine, but a bogey on the final hole left him in a four-way tie with Joey Sindelar, Dan Forsman and amateur Tim Jackson at 6-under 66. Andy Bean and Fulton Allem are both one shot back at 67.

Jackson broke the record for low score by an amateur at this tournament, and he did it in his Senior Tour debut.

For Norman, it was a chance to show everyone that the man once dubbed the world's best golfer hadn't lost his touch.

'I played well today and the golf course was ready to be had. It was perfect conditions,' the 54-year-old Aussie said. 'The greens were just receptive enough to be aggressive with the shots if you want to play 'em.'

Norman and his senior tour colleagues had no problems playing on a cool, relatively calm day. Those atop the leaderboard made it look easy on the 7,316-yard course, the longest in Senior Open history.

Norman and Bean briefly flirted with 7 under but each bogeyed their next hole to lose sole possession of the lead. Bean finished with two bogeys on his last three holes to finish at 67.

Others played cleaner golf.

Sindelar posted three birdies on each side. Forsman, who started at No. 10, was 4 under at the turn. Neither had a bogey.

And the unknown Jackson, a real estate developer from Tennessee, charged back with five birdies on the final nine holes. A sixth would have broken the tie at the top, but his 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole stopped on the lip of the cup.