Following up the greatest opening round by an amateur in major championship history is no easy task. So when Tom Lewis stepped on the first tee for his second round, he did so with tabled expectations.
Following a 4-over 74 on Friday, it's safe to say Lewis' tabled expectations didn't include shooting over par on the day. His round included five bogeys on the day, including two to end his round, and now has him sitting a few shots back of the leaders.
One day after he recorded an eye-popping 24 putts, Lewis' putter betrayed him in the second round, as he needed 34 putts to get around Royal St. George's greens.
But despite the poor round, you can't help but look at what Lewis is doing and not be amazed that he didn't let things get away even further during the round. Following two bogeys in a three-hole stretch, on the front nine, you almost had to wonder if the wheels were starting to fall off for the 20-year-old.
We've seen brilliant rounds from youngsters before, but the big difference between the seasoned professionals and the amateurs is the ability to do some damage control. Lewis was able to do just that, settling his nerves and going even-par over his next 10 holes.
Sure, the back-to-back bogeys to end his day hurt, but we have to remember the kid is just that ... a kid. He's still learning the ropes in his first Open, and it's a good bet he'll make a couple more mistakes on the course before the week is over.
But the good news for him is that he's still under par for the tournament, and one good round away from being right there on Sunday at a major championship. Even though I'm sure Lewis was expecting more, he's still given himself an opportunity to play late on the weekend and go for broke. That's more than any kid playing in a major championship can ask for.