Unlikely pair of players leading Open

Thomas Bjorn only qualified for the British Open when other players withdrew because of injuries.  

Thomas Bjorn only qualified for the British Open when other players withdrew because of injuries.



Tom Lewis is a 20-year-old amateur who earned his ticket to Royal St. George’s by winning a qualifier.



But as Thursday ended at the Sandwich, England, course, there they were, atop the leaderboard with twin 5-under 65s.



“I promised myself today I would go out and focus on every single shot ahead of me and go after every single shot, and I did that,” said Bjorn, who’s tied for second twice at the Open.



“Rolled in a few putts here and there, and it turned out to be a day of just feeling really solid with everything I did.”



Miguel Angel Jimenez, Lucas Glover and Webb Simpson finished Thursday tied for second-best, with 4-under 66.



Lewis played his round with five-time champion Tom Watson — the source of his first name.

“Tom Watson was [my father’s] hero, and I was the first son, so I was Tom,” Lewis said Thursday.

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