WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Tom Lewis shoots 61 on Saturday

Tom Lewis had the best round on the course on Satuday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. In fact, it was a record-tying round at TPC Southwind

While 26 of the world’s top 30 players were finding their way around the course on Saturday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, there was a lesser-known name making a lot of noise, even without a gallery, at TPC Southwind. That’s the course that Tom Lewis was able to dominate on Saturday.

The 29-year-ole Lewis made the biggest move of the day on Saturday, jumping from 57th place into a tie for 10th place with a 9-under par 61. He went from 3-over par for the week to 6-under in the matter of 18 holes.

Lewis started on the back nine, starting with pars on both the 10th and 11th holes. Then, he really got things started. Lewis birdied 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 for five birdies in a row. He would par 17 before his only blemish of the day, a bogey on the 18th hole. Still, Lewis finished with a 4-under par 31 on his first nine.

He was not nearly done at that point.

After a par on the first hole, Lewis birdied the second and third holes to get to 6-under par. He would par numbers four and five before birdies at the sixth and seventh holes got him to 8-under par on the day.

Lewis would par the eighth hole before finishing with a birdie on the ninth hole, his 10th birdie of the day. He finished with a 30 on his second nine and a 61 on the day. It was the best round of any player in Saturday’s round.

It took Lewis just 24 putts to complete his round on Saturday. His 61 tied the TPC Southwind course record, held by Jay Delsing and Bob Estes.

Lewis hails from Welwyn Garden City, England, the hometown of golf legend Nick Faldo, had only made three cuts in eight events prior to this week. His best finish this season on the PGA Tour came when he tied for 12th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic just under a month ago.

Saturday’s round was one that Lewis will likely remember forever. And it also placed him just six shots behind leader Brendon Todd. If Lewis can produce another special round on Sunday, anything can happen.