English amateur Tom Lewis is tied for the 1st round lead after shooting a 5-Under 65. The lowest round ever by an amateur in the British Open.

Once the first round of The Open Championship was complete, the leader board resembled the scrambled letters after you shake up a Boggle cube. European Tour vet Thomas Bjorn and English amateur Tom Lewis are tied for the lead at 5-under par.

It was here at Royal St. Georges 8 years ago, where the now 40-year-old Bjorn, collapsed down the stretch in epic fashion. He led the final round by two shots with three holes to play but needed three shots to get out of a bunker on the 16th hole and ended up losing by one shot to Ben Curtis. The other Tom tied for the lead, is 20-year-old amateur Tom Lewis. Lewis played along side the man he was named for, 5-time Open Champion Tom Watson. Lewis not only played like the man he was named for, he shot the lowest round by an amateur in the history of the tournament. The 5-under par 65 bested the 66’s by Justin Rose in 1998, Tiger Woods in 1996 and Frank Stranahan in 1950.

Behind the leaders at 4-under par are young Americans Lucas Glover and Webb Simpson. Joining the two Americans is the 143 year old Spaniard, Miguel Angel Jimenez. No matter how old this guy is, he’s always lurking around in majors. Three shots back of the leaders are 12 golfers tied at 2-under par. Among them are Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer and Rickey Barnes. 18 more golfers are at minus 1, like Americans Bubba Watson and Steve Stricker and England’s most flamboyant golfer, Ian Poulter.

22-year-old US Open Champion Rory McIlroy, didn’t exactly start the tournament off the way he wanted by bogeying 2 of the first 3 holes, en route to a 1-over par 71. American favorite Phil Mickelson, plodded along for an even par 70.

Other Notable Scores
Sergio Garcia E
Davis Love III E
Justin Leonard E
Stuart Cink E
Rickie Fowler E
Dustin Johnson E
Charl Schwartzel +1
Camilo Villegas +1
Jason Day +1
Lee Westwood +1
John Daly +2
Tom Watson +2
Jim Furyk +2
Padraig Harrington +3

Friday morning the weather is going to be great. Sunny and very little wind. But as the day goes on, the win is supposed to pick up a little bid with the chance of showers rolling in. The golfers playing in the morning will have an enormous advantage. Tom Lewis tees off at around 9:30 am local time, as opposed to Bjorn who doesn’t tee off until 12:30. Advantage Lewis.

As you study the leaderboard, notice that there’s a mix of young and old, qualifiers and Major Winners. When the wind blows, anything can happen.

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