Player Profile - Tom Lewis
This week’s player profile introduces golf fans to the 2011 European Tour’s Rookie of the Year, Britain’s Tom Lewis.
Born in 1991 in Welwyn Garden City, England, Lewis enjoyed a successful amateur career which began in earnest when he won the 2009 Boys Amateur Classic at Royal St George’s. Prior to this victory, Lewis had been engaged in years of hard work as he perfected his game while completing his high school education.
At the age of 18, Lewis was perfectly positioned to build on his victory at the Boys Amateur Classic. After competing in a number of tournaments in the UK and Australia, Lewis came close to victory at the 2010 New South Wales Open when he finished second to Peter O’Malley. From this point on, the young Briton began a winning streak that has propelled him to new heights in European golf.
This season saw Lewis take charge as he burst onto the scene, claiming victory at the 2011 St Andrews Links Trophy. Following this maiden victory, Lewis wowed fans when he not only weathered the opening round of the British Open but finished the first day in the lead. After winning the trophy for best amateur at the Open Championship, Lewis was victorious again at the Portuguese Masters in October, almost immediately after turning professional.
Recently, Lewis was awarded the European PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year award. As he relishes the recognition that he has received for a spectacular 2011 season, the young Briton will no doubt shift his focus toward 2012 as the New Year approaches.
Building on his successes this year, Lewis will be keen to pair up with Luke Donald or Tiger Woods at the Abu Dhabi Championship that takes place next month. Having expressed an interest in learning from the best players in the game, Lewis will no doubt benefit from the exposure and experience he is currently enjoying as he competes at the highest level of European golf.