Young British amateur Lewis steals Sandwich show

SANDWICH, England,  (Reuters) – Unknown amateur Tom  Lewis, who dreams of winning more majors than fellow Englishman  Nick Faldo, stole the show at the 140th British Open on Thursday  by claiming a shock share of the first-round lead with Danish  veteran Thomas Bjorn.

The 20-year-old Lewis, making the most of benign conditions  late in the day, celebrated his Open debut by shooting a  five-under 65 that included a dazzling run of four successive  birdies from the 14th.

The 40-year-old Bjorn, a late call-up from the reserve list  who started his round early and had to tussle with difficult  20-mph winds, helped banish the demons of his late collapse the  last time the event was held at Royal St George’s eight years  ago. Bjorn and Lewis were one shot ahead of Americans Lucas  Glover and Webb Simpson, and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain. Tournament favourite Rory McIlroy could not recapture the  form that carried him to a stunning eight-shot win at last  month’s U.S. Open as he opened with a 71, the same score as  world number one Luke Donald and second-ranked Lee Westwood.    It was Lewis, the 5-foot-10 amateur with the long, flowing  blond locks who captured the imagination of Thursday’s galleries  as he strode the fairways beside five-times Open champion Tom  Watson and former world number four Henrik Stenson of Sweden.

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