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Amateur leads major golf tournament for first time since 1976

Tom Lewis is realistic about his chances.

He knows that 20-year-olds don't win major titles on their first try. He just wanted to make the cut and, by the end of the weekend, put up the lowest score of any amateur at the British Open.

But, on a warm, sunny morning at Royal St. George's, the kid was basking in the spotlight. For the first time since 1976, an amateur was on top of one of golf's biggest events.

Lewis teed off Friday tied for the lead with Thomas Bjorn, looking to take advantage of perfect conditions for going low. There was barely a cloud in the sky and little breeze off the Strait of Dover, the flags hanging limply above the grandstand.

Lewis and Bjorn both shot 5-under 65 on Thursday. Three others were one stroke back.

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