Welwyn Garden City golfer Tom Lewis fails to make cut at 2016 British Masters

PUBLISHED: 18:03 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:38 14 October 2016

England's Tom Lewis tees off on the 18th hole during day one of The British Masters at The Grove. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

England's Tom Lewis tees off on the 18th hole during day one of The British Masters at The Grove. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

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With two birdies in his final four holes in yesterday's up-and-down opening round at the British Masters, hosted this year by Hertfordshire's swanky Grove Hotel near Watford, Welwyn Garden City's Tom Lewis might have thought better things were on the horizon today (Friday).

Looking to make the cut at the European Tour event for the first time since its relaunch at Woburn Golf Club, Bedfordshire, last year Lewis delivered a ‘disappointing’ round.

His frustration with his game was perfectly depicted on the par five 18th, his final hole of the competition.

Having failed to notch a birdie all day as his challenge to make the weekend’s final two rounds faded, he produced a terrific eagle three to ensure he at least finished on six-under-par.

Off the tee the 25-year-old was stronger than his playing partners Eddie Pepperell and Italian Matteo Manassero, hitting many crashing drives to create good opportunities to reduce his numbers and rise back towards the middle of the leaderboard.

However, his short game let him down when it mattered and he was left to reflect on what might have been having sat just one shot off the projected cut at one-over-par overnight.

Lewis, who used to practice at the Grove, told Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was a disappointing day.

“I never really gave myself any putts or birdies so I was always on the back foot and compounded errors with more errors.

“It wasn’t me today but that’s just the way it goes. I’ll have to move on from that.”

This won’t have been the worst performance of his season but there was no rhythm to his game.

Several times he had openings, such as on the par four 452-yard ninth hole.

A superb tee strike left him in short rough but with a good line for the green.

However, the second shot was left frustratingly too short from the pin and his chance of a birdie, a first of the day, was lost.

By then he was four-over-par and there was worse to come as he dropped four shots in three holes from the 12th to 14th.

While Pepperell, five-under-par overnight, and Manassero, one-under-par going into tomorrow (Saturday), revelled in polished green-work, Lewis toiled, desperately trying to find form. But it was not to be.

From there he was distant, wandering alone along the carpet-like fairways while intermittently rushing his shots to end his tortuous morning’s work.

That effort on the 18th was a mere consolation for the one-time European Tour winner.

He continued: “It’s always easier to make stuff like that happen when it doesn’t matter.

“You’d just like to go out and play like it doesn’t matter but obviously it does so it’s hard to do. I cared too much today.

He added: “It’s off to Portugal for me next so I’ll be hoping for a lot better there.”

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