Johor Bahru, October 31: England’s exciting young star Tom Lewis will be one of the players to watch in this year’s Iskandar Johor Open at Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club.
Lewis only turned professional in September this year but wasted little time in making his mark on the European Tour. The talented 20-year-old chalked up his maiden professional win at the Portugal Masters in October in only his third tour start, birdieing five of his last seven holes to take the title by two strokes from Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
With the win, Lewis secured his European Tour card for the next two years, leapt 455 places on the Official World Golf Rankings to 166th and also jumped to third place on The Ryder Cup points table, as well as entering the all-important top 60 of The Race to Dubai.
Lewis burst onto the world stage at The Open Championship last July when he shot an opening round 65 to take the lead, becoming the first amateur in more than 40 years to accomplish such a feat. He eventually finished in a tie for 30th and was awarded the Silver Medal for low amateur. Lewis then played a part in the victorious Great Britain &Ireland Walker Cup side before joining the professional ranks, producing a top-ten finish in his first event at the Austrian Golf Open and making the cut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
On the back of such meteoric rise, Lewis will be one of the favourites in the US$2 million Iskandar Johor Open when he tees it up at Horizon Hills this November 17 to 20. The other players confirmed for the fifth edition of the tournament so far are defending champion Padraig Harrington, Colombian star Camilo Villegas, American hotshot Anthony Kim, Scottish legend Colin Montgomerie and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.
“It will be exciting to compete against such a strong field at the Iskandar Johor Open. This will be the first time for me in Malaysia and I’m looking forward to competing there, experiencing the culture, meeting new people and building on a successful season,” said Lewis.
The Iskandar Johor Open 2011 will boast a field of 156 players consisting of 67 players each from the Asian and European Tours, eight invites, eight national qualifiers and six international qualifiers, all vying for the top purse of US$317,000.
For more information, visit www.iskandarjohoropen.com.