Englishman Lewis turns pro, signs with IMG

Amateur Tom Lewis of England acknowledges the crowd on the sixth hole during the first round of The 140th Open Championship at Royal St George's.

Amateur Tom Lewis of England acknowledges the crowd on the sixth hole during the first round of The 140th Open Championship at Royal St George's.

LONDON — Tom Lewis, the youngster who rose to prominence by taking a share of the first-round lead at this year’s British Open, has turned professional.

A week after helping Britain & Ireland to victory over the United States at the Walker Cup, Lewis has brought an end to his impressive amateur career.

In a statement released by the IMG agency, which has signed Lewis as a client, the 20-year-old Englishman says Friday he’s excited to get out there and see how he measures up.

Lewis will play his first event as a professional at next week’s Austrian Open.

Named after Tom Watson, Lewis played alongside the American great in the first round at the British Open in July and shot a 5-under 65 to share the first-round lead with Thomas Bjorn.

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