Date: September 28, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Lewis takes midway lead in Scotland

Tom Lewis leads the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland at the midway point after carding a 60 on Friday. Lewis was one of five leaders after the first day but claimed the top spot halfway into the competition thanks to a round at St Andrews which featured no bogeys and seven birdies, three of which came in the final four holes. Joost Luiten and is placed second after carding 63 on Friday to perch himself just one shot off Lewis. English duo Tommy Fleetwood and Oliver Wilson joined Hennie Otto on 13 under along with Peter Uihlein, Richard McEvoy and Mark Foster. American Uihlein can count himself unfortunate not to be higher than tied third however, having narrowly missed out on becoming the first player to card a 59 on the European Tour. Uihlein missed a putt on the ninth at Kingsbarns, his final hole, which would have ensured him of an eagle and was forced to settle for an all-time course-best round of 60. He had missed a birdie chance at the eighth, explaining afterwards that his round was a result of hard work and plenty of practice. “When I made that birdie on the 17th to go 11 under that was the first time 59 crossed my mind,” he told the European Tour website. “I put a lot of work in during the off-season and even on my off weeks I&aposm still practising and grinding so it&aposs nice to see the results so quickly.” Lewis has been let down by sub-standard second rounds in recent competitions but was happy to buck that trend in Scotland. “I feel like I am home again. Links golf suits me, I won the St Andrews Links Trophy here in 2011 and it&aposs great to come back,” he explained. “I knew I had good form coming in but Friday has been my enemy this year so it&aposs good to get it out of the way.” Meanwhile, Australia has no representatives heading into the final two rounds after Steven Jones, Jason Norris, Andrew Dodt, Greg Chalmers (four under) all missed the cut, along with Richard Green and Matthew Millar (three under). Peter Wilson, Brett Rumford (two under), Anthony Brown (one over), Daniel Popovic (three over), Peter O&aposMalley (four over), Marcus Fraser (six over) and Scott Hend (seven over) were also second-round casualties.