Tom Lewis turns to America’s PGA Tour to reignite career

Tom Lewis winning the 2018 Portugal Masters

For Britain’s leading golfers there is a familiar route taken across the Atlantic to test their talents on the strongest and most lucrative circuit in the world.

England’s Tom Lewis is the latest to commit to America as he searches for a breakthrough that would, at last, allow him to fulfil massive potential.

Despite flashes of genuine quality, the 29-year-old has still to fully realise his spectacular early promise. It helped him lead the 2011 Open at Royal St George’s as the first amateur to shoot 65 in the Championship’s history.

Since then, Lewis – who was named after Tom Watson, with whom he played during that famous round at Sandwich – has won twice on the European Tour without becoming the force that was anticipated.

Now he has concluded he must fully commit to the PGA Tour to find out the full extent of his talents. This week Lewis plays the Bermuda Championship with his mind made up that the US circuit should be his main priority.

The Welwyn Garden City player’s initial opportunity came from winning last year’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship, which allowed him to graduate to the full PGA Tour.

“Honestly, I always think things happen for a reason,” Lewis told BBC Sport. “I got very lucky last year by winning one tournament out of one and that gave me my status.”

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Lewis during his 65 at the 2011 Open Championship

But he believes he has failed to make the most of the opportunity because he was simultaneously trying to make progress on the European Tour. “At the end of last year I didn’t play in enough PGA Tour events,” Lewis said.

“I came back to try to secure myself in the Race to Dubai and halfway through the year I kind of regretted that,” Lewis said before adding: “I told myself that if I got a second chance at it, I wouldn’t take it for granted.”

Another opportunity on the PGA Tour has arrived because of his second-placed finish at the World Golf Championships event in Memphis at the beginning of August.

Weekend rounds of 61 and 66 helped the Englishman finish joint second in a star-studded field. That performance helped Lewis finish 124th in the PGA Tour standings from just 12 events and this status provides starts like Bermuda and the next stop in Houston.

But the following week will be spent resting in Miami for surely the most frustrating interval imaginable because it coincides with the rescheduled Masters. It is the one major he has yet to play.

And Lewis came tantalisingly close. Finishing in a share of sixth place at the 2019 season ending DP World Tour Championship, he climbed to 53 in the world which was just three places shy of earning an Augusta invitation.

“I just laugh about it now, what can you do?” he smiled. “Back then I probably cried about it. I just wonder how old am I going to be when I make it.

“Just playing in

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Lewis Hamilton breaks F1 wins record – plus five of his biggest career moments

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Lewis Hamilton has been making history again

Lewis Hamilton went down in history on Sunday by smashing through Michael Schumacher’s all-time Formula 1 win record at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

He finished more than 25 seconds ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton said on social media that breaking the record was beyond his wildest dreams.

In his 14-year F1 career, Hamilton has had loads of big moments and highlights – but here are five of the best ones…

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No driver in history has won more races than Britain’s Lewis Hamilton

1. F1 win record

Lewis Hamilton has now won 92 races, 1 more than Michael Schumacher whose record he equalled earlier in October.

Schumacher set that record 14 years ago, and lots of people thought it would never be beaten.

But now people are talking about Hamilton taking the sport into new realms and winning 100 races!

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Hamilton won his sixth World Title in Mexico, 2019

2. Sixth World Title Win

In 2019 Lewis Hamilton won his sixth F1 World Championship – becoming the second-most successful driver of all time.

Only Michael Schumacher has won more – at seven.

Watch Lewis Hamilton talk to teenagers Teenagers Zionne, Isaiah and Mandi about how racism has affected them growing up in Young, Black and British – Hear Us: A Newsround Special.

Lewis Hamilton in 2008 after winning his first world title

Lewis Hamilton aged 23 after winning his first world title

3. First World Title

When Lewis Hamilton was just 23, he became the youngest ever F1 World Champion at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008.

After that win, his Dad said “this is the culmination of 16 years of hard work. Hopefully this will be an inspiration for other families and kids. When we started we had nothing, no money.”

He didn’t win another World title until 2014, but it was certainly worth the wait.

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Lewis Hamilton had to wait six years before becoming World Champion again

4. Most successful British driver

This is now a given considering he’s arguably the best driver of all time, but Lewis Hamilton is of course the most successful British driver in history too.

And that’s not an easy thing. There have been 10 British F1 World Champions – in fact, no other country has produced more World Champions than the UK.

To put it into perspective, the countries with the most World Champions after the UK are Brazil, Finland and Germany on three each.

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Hamilton and his dog, Roscoe, who was in Portugal to witness his record-breaking 92nd win

5. Seventh World Title win… and eighth?

The exciting thing is that Hamilton is on track to win his seventh World Championship title this season, which will fully cement his place in F1 history as the greatest of all time.

And he’ll also go into the 2021 season as a favourite to win his eighth World Championship too. That would mean surpassing Schumacher’s record of seven world titles… watch this space!


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Lewis Hamilton kickstarts music career with sexy songs

Lewis Hamilton wearing a suit and tie

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has unveiled eight sexy songs that will appear on his debut album.

The Formula 1 star has shown off his wild side with his first foray into music, as he previewed eight songs – which talk about drinking too much, sleeping with women and pulling on a night out – to fans on Instagram Live after spending a decade working in the studio.

In one track, he sings: “I knew it from the moment you walked through the door, you the one.

“I only saw you one time baby, I want more. You can have your way if you treat me right, I’m sure.”

And in another, the champion driver adds: “All night I’ve been drinking way too much.

“This girl I’m leaving with ain’t come with us. So run that body by me once again. This time in my bed, I’m always on ten.”

Lewis also addresses heartbreak in the new tracks, which could have been written about Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger, after the pair split in 2015 following a seven-year on and off relationship.

He sings on the record: “Caught you lying, it’s like a sad song on the radio. Breaking my heart, I can’t let it go.”

And in another of the tracks – which are all currently untitled – Lewis unveils his plan for a quiet life with the woman of his dreams.

He sings: “Late in the night sipping the wine next to you. This is what I worked all my life to get to do. No care in the world, beautiful girl. All I want is trips to the islands and waking up in the morning.”

Meanwhile, Lewis – who featured on Christina Aguilera’s track ‘Pipe’ under the pseudonym XNDA – previously revealed his passion for making music when he built a studio in his home for Nicole.

Speaking earlier this year about his music project, the racing driver told fans on social media: “Guys, I’ve spent the last ten years or more writing and recording, working with some of the most talented and beautiful people, which I’m so grateful for. It’s been the most incredible outlet.

“I haven’t got a project or album, just a bunch of different songs that some of you will be able to ­connect to.

“They have helped me get through some of the most difficult times. At some stage I’m going to find a moment to share with you so bear with me.”

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Clarkson University Names Founding Dean of the Lewis School of Health Sciences

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Lenn Johns
Lenn Johns

Potsdam, NY, Oct. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After conducting a nationwide search, Clarkson University today announced Dr. Lennart D. Johns as founding dean of its Earl R. and Barbara D. Lewis School of Health Sciences.  

Johns will lead the Lewis School through a pivotal period that will strengthen and expand a growing portfolio of programs in the health sciences that assure the highest quality of education for students and advance careers, research and innovation with an emphasis on meeting rural and distance-challenged healthcare needs.   

Clarkson Provost Robyn Hannigan is looking forward to collaborating with Johns and the faculty to create a new identity for the health sciences across the University and externally through community impact.  “With Johns’ experiences and leadership, Clarkson is well poised for national prominence in rural healthcare. Johns understands the reality of the need for more quality rural healthcare options. He passionately works to address complex issues and develop forward-thinking concepts and works hard to build collaborative sustainable educational and experiential learning environments. His entrepreneurial spirit will bring the Lewis School to national prominence in rural healthcare going forward,” Hannigan said.

Johns is known among his peers as an innovative and collaborative leader with an extensive research portfolio as well as practical experience building an outcomes-based curriculum and a nationally sustainable clinical education program that connects students to the world of work.  In his role as Director of General Education for Quinnipiac, he oversaw the development of a first-year seminar and a senior-level integrative capstone experience.  The primary focus of his academic research has been centered on autoimmunity and injury repair. He works to understand how energy fields, both ultrasound and laser, alter immune regulation.  He has been published in a wide variety of journals ranging such as the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Athletic Training, Brain Research, Cytokine, Immunology, Physical Therapy, and Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. 

“Having grown up in a rural farming community in northwestern Pennsylvania, what attracts me to Clarkson is the opportunity to impact the access and quality of healthcare in rural communities — and not just here, but also where students go to build rewarding careers and personal lives,” said Johns.  “My own professional and life experiences provide me with broad perspectives and an appropriate lens to advocate for the Departments of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant and to develop new programs in the health professions, build meaningful diverse relationships, and build out infrastructure to support all aspects of the Lewis School of Health Sciences.”

Johns has an undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University, a master of science degree in biology from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Vermont. He has held many previous positions in his career and served 18 years in academic leadership roles. He is currently the Founding Director of the Athletic Training Program at Quinnipiac University and has also served as the Chair of Athletic Training & Sports Medicine,

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