Tom Lewis, a 20 year old Englishman, has created history by winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 2011, earning comparisons between him and the famous Sir Nick Faldo in the process.
Lewis stepped into the lime-light with his opening 65 in the Open Championship, the lowest round made by an amateur in history the Open Championship. He managed the same score in the Portugal Masters and won on his third outing as a professional.
Lewis did a great job as part of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, ensuring a victory for his side over the United States at Royal Aberdeen.
To grasp the sheer brilliance of his achievement it can be compared against Tiger Woods, who needed five tournaments to get his first professional title, and Rory McIlroy who got his first victory on his 38th European Tour event!
Lewis was the primary choice of a panel comprising The European Tour, The R&A and the Association of Golf Writers, and was chosen ahead of other strong contenders from the Challenge Tour of 2010, including Thorbjørn Olesen of Denmark. Scotland’s Scott Jamieson was also in the running but a sprained foot that caused him to miss the Portugal Masters might have cost him the Award.
Lewis became the 47th recipient of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, which was started in 1960, and the 22nd Englishman, after some prestigious recipients like Faldo, Paul Casey, Tony Jacklin, Ian Poulter, Mark James and Peter Oosterhuisen. The last English recipient was Chris Wood, who won in 2009. It was then won by Italian Matteo Manassero and then Tom Lewis succeeded him in 2011.