Lost amid the drama surrounding Peter Uihlein and his quest for history at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is the fact that Tom Lewis is putting together quite the tournament for himself. After grabbing a share of the lead at eight under par after the first round, Lewis followed that up with a six-under-par 65 in the second round to take a one shot lead over Joost Luiten into the weekend.
Following up impressive opening rounds has been difficult for Lewis this year, so his second round showing in Scotland this week should be a welcome change. Currently ranked 155th in the Race to Dubai, Lewis knows he needs to perform well over the next three weeks in order to get into the top 110 and qualify for the postseason. He’s off to a good start so far.
Lewis opened the tournament at St. Andrews and played Kingsbarns on the second day, meaning that he will have to tackle Carnoustie on Saturday. “Seven under is a good score at St Andrews but there was no wind today so I think you would be disappointed if you did not shoot better than five under,” said Lewis.
Lewis clearly likes links golf, as his performance thus far has shown. “I feel like I am home again. Links golf suits me, I won the St Andrews Links Trophy here in 2011 and it’s great to come back. I knew I had good form coming in but Friday has been my enemy this year so it’s good to get it out of the way.”
The good news for Lewis is that as long as he makes the cut after Saturday’s round, he will head back to St. Andrews for the final round. He navigated that track well to start the tournament, so he should be confident about his chances in the final round.