Tom Lewis is one of those wonder boys who made it real quick into the professional golf course. From Welwyn Garden City which is in Hertfordshire in England he qualified for the 2011 Open Championship within just a matter of two years. He began his winning spree from the Boys Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s in 2009.
Although he finished 12th at the Australian Open losing to Peter O’Malley in 2010, the position earned him recognition in the professional circuit. He compensated the loss with a win on the Old Course at St Andrews the very next year where he won the Andrews Link Trophy.
The breakthrough in his career came in at the 2011 Open Championship where he went on to make a share at the lead with Thomas Bjørn. Though being an amateur, Tom Lewis scored an astonishing five-under-par 65 and created a history of scoring the lowest being an amateur the major championship. Amateurs like him, namely Mike Reid and Michael Bonallack made it to the finals of U.S. Open 1976 and Open Championship respectively. Tom finished 30th being an amateur. Hence much to his delight, he grabbed the silver medal.
Winning the silver medal at 2011 Open Championship marked the beginning of his professional career. After the 2011 walker Cup, there was no looking back for Tom Lewis. He debuted as a professional in the Austrian Golf open dated September 2011 where he caught everybody’s attention with a two-over-par 74 and made it to the tenth place with a tie. He did not have to wait long for victory as he won the masters very next month at Portugal Masters which was on the European Tour.
Lewis has also received the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year at the European Tour in December 2011 which has establishes him as a successful golfer at such a tender age.