Tom Lewis (golfer)

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Tom Lewis
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Personal information
Born (1991-01-05) 5 January 1991 (age 32)
Welwyn Garden City, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Sporting nationalityFlag of England.svg  England
Residence Jupiter, Florida, U.S.
Turned professional2011
Current tour(s) Challenge Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Professional wins4
Highest ranking 46 (2 August 2020) [1]
(as of 12 November 2023)
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
Korn Ferry Tour1
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship T71: 2021
U.S. Open CUT: 2014, 2018, 2020
The Open Championship T11: 2019
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year

Tom Lewis (born 5 January 1991) [2] is a professional golfer who currently plays on the Challenge Tour. He has previously played on the PGA Tour and the European Tour.


Amateur career

In 2009, Lewis won the Boys Amateur Championship at Royal St George's. In 2010, he lost to Peter O'Malley in a playoff for the New South Wales Open, [3] and then tied for 12th place at the Australian Open. [4] This was followed by victory on the Old Course at St Andrews in the 2011 St Andrews Links Trophy. [5]

Lewis qualified for the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's via Local Final Qualifying at Rye. In the first round he shot a five-under-par 65, giving him a share of the lead alongside Thomas Bjørn. [6] This was the lowest single-round score by an amateur in Open Championship history, and the equal lowest in any major championship. It made him the first amateur to lead a major after a round since Mike Reid in the 1976 U.S. Open [7] and the first amateur to lead the Open Championship since Michael Bonallack in 1968. [8] One of Lewis's first-round partners was Tom Watson, after whom he is named. [3] Lewis finished tied for 30th place and as the low amateur, he won the Silver Medal. [9]

Professional career

Lewis turned professional after the 2011 Walker Cup. [10] He made his professional debut at the Austrian Golf Open in September, shooting a two-over-par 74 in the first round. [11] He recovered to finish in a tie for tenth. His maiden professional win came the following month at the Portugal Masters on the European Tour, shooting rounds of 70, 64, 68, and 65 to finish two shots clear of the field. It was his third professional start. [12] In December he was crowned the European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. [13]

Lewis played on the European Tour from 2012 with limited success. He lost his place after the 2016 season but regained it after a good performance at Q-school.

Lewis showed a return to form in 2018. He played a number of the Challenge Tour events. He was joint third in the Swedish Challenge in August before winning the Bridgestone Challenge in September and finish joint third again in the Kazakhstan Open the following week. A week later he won his second Portugal Masters title on the European Tour. He had four other top-10 finishes on the European Tour, including a tie for fifth place in the Sky Sports British Masters and a tie for seventh in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. He finished 41st in the Order of Merit.

On 2 September 2019, Lewis won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2019–20 season. [14] It was his first career Korn Ferry start, qualifying for the Finals by earning enough points as a PGA Tour non-member.

Lewis finished as a runner-up in August 2020 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, three strokes behind winner Justin Thomas. This was Lewis' career best finish on the PGA Tour to date.

Amateur wins

Source: [15]

Professional wins (4)

European Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
116 Oct 2011 Portugal Masters −21 (70-64-68-65=267)2 strokes Flag of Spain.svg Rafa Cabrera-Bello
223 Sep 2018 Portugal Masters (2)−22 (72-63-61-66=262)3 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lucas Herbert, Flag of England.svg Eddie Pepperell

Korn Ferry Tour wins (1)

Finals events (1)
Other Korn Ferry Tour (0)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
12 Sep 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Championship −23 (68-66-66-65=265)5 strokes Flag of Argentina.svg Fabián Gómez

Challenge Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
19 Sep 2018 Bridgestone Challenge −23 (63-67-67-64=261)5 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dimitrios Papadatos, Flag of Sweden.svg Sebastian Söderberg

Playoff record

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (0–1)

1 2010 NSW Open
(as an amateur)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Cooke, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter O'Malley O'Malley won with par on third extra hole
Cooke eliminated by par on second hole

Results in major championships

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Masters Tournament
The Open Championship T30LAT47
PGA Championship
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship CUTCUTT71
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship T11NT
  Did not play

LA = Low Amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Results in The Players Championship

The Players Championship CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Championship T65
Match Play T24NT1
Invitational 74T2
Champions 76NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied

Team appearances


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