Bunched with a pack of golfers chasing a record-tying round in the Greater Milwaukee Open, homestate favorite and new father Steve Stricker is battling fatigue as much as the golf course.

"I was in a fog for a while," he said about his opening-round 3-under-par 68 Thursday, three days after his first child, daughter Bobbie Jean, was born. "I even found myself yawning. Considering the circumstances, I think I did OK."Loren Roberts held a 3-shot lead after a 9-under 62, which included five birdies and an eagle in a front-nine 28. He matched the Brown Deer Park Golf Course record that was set in 1996 by Nolan Henke. The 3-stroke lead is the largest after 18 holes this year on the PGA Tour.

"I would obviously like to shoot another 9-under-par, but statistically that is not going to happen," Roberts said. "I would say if I could shoot 3, 4, 5 under-par, that would be a good round after shooting such a low one."

Roberts, 43, won this tournament in 1996 and was second last year and in 1994.

Jay Don Blake was alone in second Thursday with a 65.

"It helped to start with four birdies," Blake said.

Among six players at five under were Mark Calcavecchia, who is looking for his first Milwaukee victory in his 18th appearance.

PGA champion Vijay Singh, who played in the threesome with Roberts, was among 14 finishers at 67.

Stricker was joined by 19 others at 68, six strokes behind Roberts.

With little sleep because of what he called the "miracle" and excitement of fatherhood, Stricker, 31, said at times he had to talk to himself to remind him that he was playing in a golf tournament.