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Open Star Turns Professional

Silver medal winner to make pro debut in Austria

Posted Sep 22, 2011 by Chris White

Tom Lewis was the overnight leader at the end of the first day of the 2011 Open

The winner of the coveted silver medal at this year’s Open Championship at the Royal St George’s course in July, has turned professional. 20-year old Tom Lewis was the overnight leader on day one of the competition and got to play alongside the man he was named after – Tom Watson – on his way to winning the award.

Having shot a five-under par round of 65 to lead the Open, Lewis finished 30th and went on to be a part of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team that beat the United States 14-12 earlier this month.

Having made the decision to turn professional, Lewis will make his paid debut at the Austrian Open and he’s been invited to take part in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. However, if he wants to earn his card for the 2012 European Tour, he’ll have to earn approximately £200,000 in around three months.

Lewis made the announcement earlier this week and expressed his gratitude to the tournament promoters who “have generously offered invitations.”

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