Tom Lewis won the silver medal for the best amateur at The Open in 2011 The Honda Classic first round leaderboard-4 T Lewis (Eng), H English (US); -3 B Stuard (USA), Z Johnson (USA), C Tringale (USA), JT Poston (USA), L Westwood (Eng) Selected others: -1 S Lowry (Ire), level L Donald (Eng), I Poulter (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng); +1 M Wallace (Eng); +2 J Rose (Eng), P Harrington (Ire); +3 R Knox (Sco); +4 B Koepka (USA); +6 R Fowler (USA) Full Scoreboard
Tom Lewis of England took a surprising part of the lead in the clubhouse at the Honda Classic with a four-under 66 in awkward windy conditions on Palm Beach.
Lewis, 29, is connected to American Harris English after the first round, with both men playing at the event after receiving sponsorship exemptions.
England Lee Westwood is a shot back.
"It was really cold & # 39; in the morning and I didn't expect that I could go bogey free while I was warming up," Lewis told the Gulf Channel.
World number three Brooks Koepka was one of those struggling at the PGA National, shooting a four-over 74, with other big names Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler who also end up above par.
Lewis started his round with an eagle on the par-five third, and added one birdie on the seventh before finishing with another on the last.
After winning the silver medal for the best amateur at The Open in 2011, he struggled to make a sustained breakthrough on the European Tour and achieved PGA Tour status by last year's Korn Ferry Claim Tournament Championship.
Lewis, who plays on both tours, has missed the cut in each of his four appearances on the PGA Tour this season.
"I have to believe in myself that I can play here. It's hard to play in Europe and then the boys are strong," Lewis said after his strong start on Thursday.
"Hopefully my time can come this week."