PING Pro Tom Lewis was “dreading” the prospect of going to European Tour Qualifying School, but he won’t have to any longer. The 20-year-old Englishman won the Portugal Masters at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura by two strokes, his first win in only his third event as a professional. The victory earned him a two-year exemption on the European Tour.
Starting the final round four strokes behind, Lewis carded a 7-under 65, catching fire on the back, where he birdied five of the final seven holes to post a 31. He played his final 54 holes in 19 under, equaling the lowest 54-hole score on the European Tour this season.
“I was just happy shooting in the 60s today, no matter where I finished,” said Lewis, who played on a sponsor’s invitation. “If you said I would finish 21 under, I would have said ‘No way’. I would not have expected this, but I’m very pleased with how I played this week.”
In Lewis’s PING Tour Staff bag: G20 driver, G5 3- and 5-woods, S56 irons, Anser forged wedges, and a Scottsdale Wolverine H putter. It was the 22nd worldwide win for S56 irons.
PING Pro Gregory Havret fired a final-round 64 to finish 18 under and tie for third, matching his best result of the season.