Sometimes talent develops early. Tom Lewis, 20 claimed a victory his third golf event since turning pro – the Portugal Masters. This win will be enough to gain him an exemption in the European Tour next year. If not for this victory, Lewis would have to go through Qualifying School to earn a berth to the European Tour.
The Briton turned in a brilliant final round of sixty-five, the same score which he had in the first round of this year’s British Open when his name was added to the leaderboard. The youngster did two strokes better than Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain and shot a total of 267.
Nothing promised Lewis a victory before the 14th hole. But four consecutive birdies and a 30-foot putt propelled the 20-year-old into the top.
Lewis rose to prominence when he gained the lead in the first round of the British Open and came in 30th, earning a medal as the best amateur golfer at this tournament. This result brought him a spot on the Britain and Ireland team that beat America in the Walker Cup that year. He took 10th place in his first professional tournament, sinking to 70th in the following event, the Dunhill Links Championship.
However, Lewis showed plenty of potential at his tournament, turning in an impeccable 64 in the season round and edging out such world-class golfers such as world No. 6 Martin Kaymer and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.