2011 British Open Leaderboard: First Round Brings Surprising Leaders

The first round of the 2011 British Open is in the books and two surprising names are pacing the field. Tom Lewis was the story of the day, firing the lowest amateur round in The Open Championship history, earning himself a tie for the lead at 5-under for the tournament. Lewis was playing alongside the man he was named after, Tom Watson, in what surely had to be a thrilling day.

Rory McIlroy finds himself six shots off the pace after a 1-over day to begin the tournament. Unlike the US Open, McIlroy will have to come from behind after starting slow in difficult conditions. With an unpredictable course, and weather that changes from one hour to the next, McIlroy is by no means out of it.

Here's a look at the 2011 British Open Leaderboard following Thursday's play. 

T1. Thomas Bjorn
T1. Tom Lewis
T3. Miguel Angel Jimenez
T3. Lucas Glover
T3. Webb Simpson
T6. Simon Dyson
T6. Kyle Stanley
T6. Pablo Larrazabal
T6. Darren Clarke
T6. Graeme McDowell
T6. Martin Kaymer
T6. Fredrik Andersson Hed
T6. Ricky Barnes
T6. Kurt Barnes
T6. Jeff Overton
T6. Ryan Palmer
T6. Jung-Gon Hwang

You can view the full British Open leaderboard here. For further updates, stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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