If your name was Tom you were having an excellent day at today’s Open Championship. The two co-leaders after the first round of this historic major was Thomas Bjorn and amateur golfer Tom Lewis. Fun fact about Tom Lewis was that he was actually named after his playing partner Tom Watson. He said he was just thrilled to be able to play with his namesake but I bet you he was pretty ecstatic to see his name at T1 on the leaderboard at Royal St. George.
Tom Lewis already has a victory at Royal St. George, he won the 2009 British Boys title there. This may have added to his knowledge and confidence of a course his has already concurred. Of course this Open Championship is on a much much larger scale with an extremely talented field of player vying to take him off the top of the leader-board. Lewis’ final score for the day was 5 under 65 which made his score the lowest score in the Open history by an amateur to share/have the lead. Unlike Lewis, Bjorn is a seasoned pro at 40 years old he was wondering how much longer he could compete at this high of a level.
Whatever happens tomorrow it was a great opening round for a major which I didn’t think was getting enough buzz prior to today. Maybe it was because there was no Tiger but I sure hope that wasn’t the case. In any case it was a great start to what I know will be a great winner. Any dark horse picks going into the weekend? Who thinks Lewis has what it takes to stay at the top of the leaderboard?