Tom Lewis wins first title but admits he has a long way to go

Tom Lewis wins first title but admits he has a long way to go
Tom Lewis is "thrilled" following his maiden European Tour triumph, but has admitted be has a long way to go to achieve what he wants in the game of golf.

The 20-year-old, who led the Open in July as an amateur after a record breaking first-round score of 65, claimed a two-shot victory at the Portugal Masters yesterday (October 16th) and is determined not to get carried away.

"I've got a long way to go. I'm nowhere near the player I want to be," he said. "I played a couple of events in Australia and Dubai earlier this year. I knew the standard was good, but I knew that I was able to win. It was just whether the nerves and the mind was able to carry on."

He added: "I got off to a slow start and there are some really good players here, so to come out on top was just unbelievable, especially so early in my career. I can't really put it in words at the moment, but if you ask me in a couple of days or a couple of weeks I'll be able to answer in better form. I'm just thrilled."

The £375,000 win means Lewis, who was playing in only his third professional tournament, has a guaranteed tour card for next season.

It also means he moves up to third in the Ryder Cup qualifying race and guarantees him a World Championship debut in Shanghai next month.

On the US Tour, Ben Crane claimed his fourth title by beating Webb Simpson on the second play-off hole at the McGladrey Classic in Georgia.

The 35-year-old blasted his way up the leaderboard with a seven-under-par final round of 63 at Sea Island on the final day, before bettering his American compatriot on the replayed 17th.

Meanwhile, the world of golf is today mourning the loss of one of its best coaches at the age of just 48.

Two years after being diagnosed with leukaemia, Adam Hunter succumbed to the disease on Friday (October 14th).

Hunter coached Paul Lawrie to the Open title in 1999, spent six years as a Scottish Golf Academy coach and was part-time head coach of Scotland Under-16s.

"Adam's untimely death leaves a massive gap in golf coaching," Douglas Connon of the Scottish Golf Union remarked. ADNFCR-1532-ID-800760934-ADNFCR

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