Lyoness Open: Tom Lewis storms clear with opening 63; Joost Luiten two back
Last Updated: 07/06/13 7:46am
Tom Lewis: Englishman salutes crowd in Altzenbrugg
England's Tom Lewis leads by two shots at the Lyoness Open thanks to a flawless 63 in the opening round.
Lewis, starting at the 10th, birdied his opening two holes and then added three more in a row from the 15th on the way to the turn in 31 shots.
And he added four more birdies on the way in, including at his final two holes to put the finishing touches on a nine-under-par effort.
First round leaderboard
(GB and Ire unless stated)
-9 T Lewis
-7 J Luiten (Ned)
-6 S Dyson
-6 A Levy (Fra)
-6 R McEvoy
-6 G Storm
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That was two better than his nearest rival, Joost Luiten of the Netherlands, who birdied his first four holes on the way to a 65.
"This year has been tough but I've been close, I have shown some good stuff but it has not all come together," Lewis, 22, told European Tour Radio.
"Today it did and hopefully three more rounds like that and I will be all right.
"I always make a double (bogey) in a round that always pushed me out of the lead or competing and I get down on myself. I really have to control that and it showed today.
"I get down on myself quite easily and that's something I have been working on with a few people. We travel so much with so many different conditions it can get to a lot of players.
"Some weeks you are feeling great and those are the weeks you have to turn into great weeks. Some you are not feeling brilliant and you have to grind and fight to the end.
"I have high expectations and I think that's good for certain areas, but I haven't got much patience so the gap between those two is not great.
"Because I have struggled it's been good because I have dropped my expectations and today has been great to get my confidence back up."
The English challenge is in good shape at Atzenbrugg in Austria with Simon Dyson, Graeme Storm and Richard McEvoy all on six-under alongside Frenchman Alexander Levy.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez is well placed on five under as he bids to break his own record as the oldest winner in European Tour history, while defending champion and home favourite Bernd Wiesberger is one further back after a 68.
Former tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov struggled to a 12-over-par 84, but at least was not dead last in the 151-strong field thanks to rounds of 87 and 89 respectively from Austrian amateurs Nikolaus Wimmer and Sam Straka.