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Amateur Lewis tied for lead at British Open
14 Jul 2011
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Tom Lewis Rankings, Tom Lewis Profile

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SANDWICH, England (July 14, 2011) -- For the first time since 1968, an amateur sits at the top of the leaderboard after a round of the British Open.

Tom Lewis, ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Rankings, rattled off four straight birdies on hole Nos. 14-17 to take his round from good to great and earn the respect and support of playing partner and 5-time British Open champion Tom Watson (who he was named after).

A solid up-and-down par from the left side of the green on No. 18 gave Lewis a 5-under 65 for the day, and allowed him to set the record for the lowest British Open 18-hole score by an amateur. Prior to that, the following players were tied for that honor at 66: Frank Stranahan, 4th round, Troon, 1950; Tiger Woods, 2nd round, Royal Lytham & St Annes, 1996; Justin Rose, 2nd round Royal Birkdale, 1998.

Lewis a 20-year-old Englishman from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (North of London) is tied with Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. To fans of the amateur game who follow the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com rankings, his consistency should come as no surprise. Just over a month ago Lewis recorded a major amateur victory at the St. Andrews Links Trophy.

Said Tom Watson, after witnessing Lewis' Thursday round first hand:

"He's quite a refined player at age 20. We certainly have a new young breed out here, don't we?"

Amateurs have fared well at the British Open. Matteo Manassero of Italy finished 13th in 2009, and Jin Jeong of Korea finished 14th last year. Notable players Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose first stepped into the limelight in front of international TV audiences at the original "Open Championship."

The No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, Peter Uihlein, is tied for second low amateur with 2010 British Amateur champion Bryden MacPherson of Australia. Both players posted 1-over 71 and are in good shape to make the cut with solid rounds on Friday.

ABOUT THE British Open

The most coveted trophy in the game and one of the most iconic in all of sport: more commonly referred to as the Claret Jug. Within minutes of winning the British Open, the "Champion Golfer of the World" gets his name engraved on that cup, and a place in golfing history.

Amateurs have played an important role in the tournament over the years, with players like Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and more recently Tom Lewis stepping into the international limelight with their golfing performances.

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Results For British Open Championship
Place  PtsScores
T30EnglandTom LewisEngland100065-74-76-74--289
T48FLPeter UihleinOrlando, FL80071-71-75-75--292

View full results for British Open Championship

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