'I thought it was stupid,' Parnevik said. 'I personally don't know of one person who uses them.'
Player commented on the eve of the British Open that he knew at least one golfer used steroids and guessed that as many as 10 worldwide might use them. The former British Open champion urged golf's ruling bodies to speed up work on a proposed drug-testing plan.
But Parnevik, playing in the U.S. Bank Championship for the first time in 11 years, said Thursday that he did not think steroids help golfers because they make them muscle-bound.
'It wouldn't advantage you at all. Nobody would play better golf. You probably would do a lot worse,' Parnevik said. 'Your touch would disappear.'
Parnevik is harder to spot than he used to be.
Until a few years ago, the Swedish star was easily recognizable by his trademark cycling cap with the upturned brim. He quit wearing it after lasik surgery improved his vision and he needed to shade his eyes. He now wears an old-fashioned, flat-topped straw hat, black with a narrow brim and white band.
Asked what it was called, he said, 'I don't know. I suppose a Chicago mob hat.'
Parnevik shot 4-under par 66 in the first round in his first visit to Milwaukee since 1996.
Menomonee Falls native Mark Wilson said local fans helped him play well in the opening round of the U.S. Bank Championship.
Wilson won the Honda Classic in February for his first PGA victory. After shooting a 3-under par 67 Thursday, he said he was buoyed by the many people who kept congratulating him on that victory.
'It brings back good memories. Maybe that's the reason I played a little better today,' Wilson said.
Appleton native J.P. Hayes also shot 67. They led the Wisconsin contingent in the absence of Madison residents Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, who are competing in the British Open.
BACK TO WORK
Charlie Brown of Racine got to play with the pros Thursday. After shooting a 1-over par 71, he was heading back to his regular job as the head pro at Johnson Park to check on things.
'I'm going back to work. Nothing strenuous,' Brown said. 'I'll make sure things are going all right.'
Brown got a spot in the field for being the 2006 Wisconsin PGA player of the year. This is his fourth appearance in the U.S. Bank Championship, and he was hoping to do well Friday and make his first cut. He helped his cause Thursday with a birdie putt of about 18 feet on the final hole, the par 5 18th.
'A little excitement at the end for a change,' Brown said.
NO REPEAT PERFORMANCE
Defending champion Corey Pavin didn't get off to a sensational start this year.
In the first round a year ago, Pavin birdied his first six holes en route to tying the Brown Deer Course record of 61. The quick start helped him win the tournament for the second time.
On Thursday, his strong streak came later and was shorter as he birdied two of his last three holes -- Nos. 16 and 17 -- to get to 1-under 70, six shots behind the leaders.
'It's nice, you just want to be in red numbers,' Pavin said. 'It's another year, it's another deal.'