Tom Lewis leads Dunhill on day of drama
BY European Tour | European PGA Tour | 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship | Round Two | 28 Sep 2013
Tom Lewis’ love affair with links golf continued after a seven under 65 at the Old Course gave the Englishman a one shot lead at the halfway stage of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on a day when American Peter Uihlein came within inches of posting the first 59 in European Tour history.
Uihlein looked on course to become the first player to record golf’s magic number on The European Tour, but his 25 foot eagle putt on his last hole at Kingsbarns stayed above ground.
His 12 under par 60, though, saw him charge up the leaderboard and into a six-man tie for third spot, two strokes behind Lewis and one adrift of Dutchman Joost Luiten, who posted a fine 63 at Kingsbarns.
“It was cool to have that chance,” said Uihlein. “It was a good day. Me and my caddie, Sam, we were talking about it, and my second shot, we were like, you know, let’s try not even and try and not think about it. I knew I had to make eagle and gave it a go, hit a good putt.
As Uihlein was signing his scorecard, Lewis was putting the finishing touches on his 65 at the Old Course. The 22 year old, currently in 155th place in The Race to Dubai and in need of a big finish in the next four weeks to break into the top 110 retain his playing rights on The European Tour, is never more at home on golf course than when he sets foot on links land.
Winner of the Silver Medal at the 2011 Open Championship, Lewis also won the prestigious St Andrews Links Trophy as an amateur that same year.
“Seven under is a great score,” said Lewis. “I played well today and didn’t ever really get under too much pressure. I drove it well, and I was aggressive, as well.
“Links golf is always going to suit me because of my flat ball flight and I just feel at home when I step on to a links course.
The English quartet of Tommy Fleetwood (66 at Carnoustie), Richard McEvoy (67 at Carnoustie), Mark Foster (66 at St Andrews) at Oliver Wilson (67 at St Andrews) and South African Hennie Otto (63 at St Andrews) joined Uilehin on 13 under, while some of the field’s superstar names moved into contention heading into the weekend.
Ernie Els, playing alongside Uihlein, posted a second round 65 to move to ten under, while Darren Clarke and Martin Kaymer produced pair of 66s at Kingsbarns to move to nine under.
The leading Australians with one round remaining before the 54 hole cut are Steve Jones, Andrew Dodt, Jason Norris and Greg Chalmers.
The talk of the opening day performances in the pro am was the individual round of 71 at St Andrews by Shane Warne who was playing with Peter O’Malley. Today was not so good for that team but his great round yesterday highlights that he is a talented sportsman away from cricket.