July 15 2011
Tom Lewis, the English-born amateur who held a share of the first-round lead, didn’t fare as well in Friday’s second round. A 4-over 74 knocked him back in the pack.
But at 1 under through 36 holes, he’ll make the cut. He’ll have to take solace in that.
“I think if you asked me two days ago about my position, I would have taken it,” said the 20-year-old Lewis. “But at this moment, it doesn’t feel so good.
“Four-over is not a great score but hopefully I can have two good scores on the weekend.”
Lewis’ 5-under 65 on Thursday was the lowest round ever shot by an amateur in the 140-year history of the British Open.
But he suffered three bogeys in his first 12 holes Friday before finally getting a stroke back at the 13th. But he ended on a sour note with bogeys on the final two holes.
“I had to limit the damage and I felt there was loads of it out there,” Lewis told reporters. “Every hole felt like there was something because the way I was hitting it wasn’t great.”
For the second straight day, Lewis played with 61-year-old Tom Watson. Lewis was named after Watson, who was the favorite golfer of Lewis’ father.
Watson shot even-par 70 on Friday, including an ace at the sixth hole, and is 2 over for the tournament.
“When I was making mistakes and limiting double bogeys to bogeys and holing par putts, he was really nice," Lewis said about Watson. “He gave me some advice around the course. It was really good of him to share them as not many people can get that time with him.”
If Lewis can finish 72 holes as the low amateur, he would win the Silver Medal. His closest competitor is U.S. Amateur champ Peter Uihlein, who is even par for the tournament with eight holes left in his second round.
“It would be nice to win the Silver Medal and try to finish in the top 15,” Lewis said.
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