Mar
15
2012
What’s Up With Tom Lewis?
By Conor Nagle under Know Your Europeans

Major Tom: Lewis finished in a tie for 30th place at last year's Open Championship.

Today marks the PGA Tour debut of former Walker Cup star and Open Championship silver medallist Tom Lewis.

Some shrewd manipulation of the draw has placed the 21-year-old in the company of Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa and scraggly-haired Floridian Bud Cauley, both of whom are hotly tipped for future stardom.

Though the only member of the trio able to boast of a victory on a major international tour – Lewis carded a final-round 65 to claim last year’s Portugal Masters – the Englishman enters the Transitions Championship as something of an unknown quantity.

And with good reason.

Since claiming that maiden victory, and with it a measure of wealth and security, his scoring has returned to a ragged, callow inconsistency. Indeed, the Hertfordshire native has yet to record a second top-10 finish as a professional.

Given his obvious pedigree and the presence of an experienced, major-winning entourage (his caddie is European and PGA Tour veteran Colin Byrne) one suspects Lewis’s recent difficulties can be reduced to a question growing pains – of adjustment to long-distance travel, practice and the solitude attendant upon a life lived in hotel rooms.

This sense of inertia, of Lewis being committed to a career trajectory he’s yet to come to terms with, comes across particularly clearly in the interview below, an exchange laden with uncertain hopes for the future and slightly bemused reminiscences.

(YouTube credit: golfingworld)

To paraphrase that most understated of lyrical geniuses, Britney Spears: Tom Lewis is not a boy, but not yet a professional golfer.

Conor Nagle