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Lewis Has High Hopes

Youngster was in outstanding form at the Open

Posted Jul 21, 2011 by Chris White

Tom Lewis was joint leader of the Open after the first round

At the end of Thursday’s play at the 140th Open Championship, it wasn’t Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, or Lee Westwood who was at the top of the leader board, it wasn’t even eventual winner Darren Clarke. Instead, it was a young man called Tom Lewis, who has one simple goal – to be the best player ever from his club.

However, this 20-year old with a big future in golf plays at Welwyn Garden City golf club, not one of the most famous courses in the country, that is not the big but in Lewis’ dream. The but comes in the form of the man in possession of the title of the club’s best player – Sir Nick Faldo.

Lewis has admitted that he would love to win seven majors in his career, one more than the great Faldo’s record of six, just so he “can go down as the best player from the club.” There is nothing wrong with having a dream, and at such a young age and to be already turning in performances that see you finish tied for 30th in the Open at the age of just 20, there is no reason why with the right kind of development and support, he can’t go on to be the next Faldo.

By the end of the first round at the Open this year, where he played alongside the man he was named after – Tom Watson – Lewis was level at the top of the leader board with Thomas Bjorn having carded a five-under-par 65, making him an instant celebrity.

Lewis was the first amateur to lead the Open since Michael Bonallack at Carnoustie, way back in 1968, and was awarded with the silver medal for finishing as the top amateur player at the competition. Although his scores began to fall away in the next rounds, carding 74, 76 and 74 after that brilliant first round, he finished 9-over par and will have undoubtedly taken a few lessons away from Royal St George’s. Especially having played alongside Tom Watson for the majority of the tournament.

If Tom Lewis wants it enough, and I think we can all tell just by watching his performance last week that he does, Lewis can certainly go a long way in golf. We’ve just got the top two in the world from England, the last two US Open winners have come from Northern Ireland and this year’s Open winner is also from Northern Ireland, maybe we’ve found another top Brit to challenge for the big honours in the future – and maybe that dream of his too.

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