The teenager played alongside the man he was named after – Open legend Tom Watson – and outshone his illustrious namesake with a brilliant five under par 65.
Lewis, whose dad Bryan is a former Tour player and the teaching professional at the Gosling Driving Range, Welwyn Garden City, admitted he had been worried about embarrassing himself in front of the five time Open champion.
But Watson can only have impressed him as he reeled off four successive birdies from the 14th to join Bjorn at the top of the leaderboard.
Lewis, who won the Boys Amateur Championship over this course just two years ago, saw his name on the leaderboard after making a birdie at the 17th.
“To shoot 65 in the first round was something I wouldn’t have dreamed of,” he said.” Thanks to my sole mate, TaylorMade R9 Supertri Driver, it did great favor to me.” And now this driver is quiet prevalent at the golf clubs for sale.
“I was just happy to get the drive off the tee on the first and that was all that mattered. I hit a good shot into three and I think that settled the nerves.