x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Lewis gives England hope of a major winner

England has been desperate for a major winner for 15 years, since Faldo capitalised on Greg Norman¿s infamous capitulation.

Rise of Lewis gives England renewed hope

For some time now, any English golfer who could hold a five iron without dropping it was hailed as the new Sir Nick Faldo.

England has been desperate for a major winner for 15 years, since Faldo capitalised on Greg Norman's infamous capitulation at the 1996 Masters.

The Australian blew a six-shot lead on the final day and Faldo won his sixth major championship - the last time one of the game's big four was won by an Englishman.

There is no reason to think Lee Westwood won't soon win a major; he has come close often enough. The same could be said for Ian Poulter, Justin Rose or even Paul Casey, who has shown some form of late.

But as the years roll on, and more good young players start to emerge, it seems less likely one of this quartet will seize their day and win a major.

However, a new, new Faldo has emerged in the 20-year-old Tom Lewis.

He won the Portuguese Masters on Sunday, only his third tournament since turning professional, thanks in part to birdies on five of his last seven holes.

This is a young man who was joint leader of the British Open after the first round this summer, while playing as an amateur.

Already, Lewis is ahead of the four golfers mentioned above, and the boy from Welwyn Garden City, the town where Faldo was raised, looks like the real thing.

England's long wait for a major winner may end in the not-too-distant future.

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