Tom Lewis is an English golfer who plays professionally as a member of the European Tour.
Having won the Boys Amateur Championship at the fabled Royal St. George’s in 2009, Lewis lost a closely contested battle against Peter O’Malley in a playoff for the New South Wales Open the following year.
His performances in the Local Final Qualifying at Rye earned him a place at the Open Championship of 2011, which was held at the Royal St. George’s.
Having shot a five under par 65 in the first round, Lewis managed to share the lead along with Swedish golfer Thomas Bjorn. This remains a record for the lowest score in a single round by an amateur in the Open Championship and the joint lowest in the majors.
It also made him the first amateur player to lead in a major championship after one round since 1976 when Mike Reid managed that feat at the US Open and also the first amateur leader after a round at the Open Championship since 1968.
Tom Lewis eventually finished the event in 30th place and earned the silver medal for being the highest ranked amateur in the event.
Following the Walker Cup in 2011, Lewis turned fully professional at the age of 21 years and made his debut at the Austrian Golf Open.
His first and so far, only win as a professional came in the Portugal Masters of the European Tour in October 2011 in what was just his third start as a professional.
That same year, the European Tour crowned Tom Lewis as the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for the stunning displays he had made in his very first season as a professional and many expect the Englishman to become one of the best golfers of all time in the next few years.