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J.L.  Lewis

J.L. Lewis

Austin, TX

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: Emporia, KS
  • Residence: Austin, TX
  • Age: 51
  • Turned Pro: 1984

PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 1999,John Deere Classic. 2003,84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania.

International Victories

(1): 1999 Honda Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico.

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$12,960 (223)

PGA TOUR Best Round

69 at Round 2, Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- John Deere Classic, 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania.

Career Highlights

2006: Limited to 17 events due to strained MCL in left knee and elbow injury. Finished out of the top 125 for the first time since 1995...Best finish, a T6 at the Shell Houston Open, came in his 11th start of season...Did not play after withdrawing from Booz Allen Classic in June. 2005: Finished in the top 125 for the eighth consecutive season and earned more than $1 million for just the second time in his 10th year on TOUR...Recorded an unofficial T5 at rain-shortened Nissan Open. Rounds of 70-65 were two shots out of Adam Scott-Chad Campbell playoff...Earned his first top-10 in seven appearances at THE PLAYERS Championship with a T8. Played 31 holes during a Monday finish and was one of two players (Fred Funk) to record sub-par final rounds with his 70-70. Made the biggest move on Monday beginning the day T52 and jumping up 44 spots...Past champion was the 36- and 54-hole leader at the John Deere Classic. Entered the final round with a three-shot lead over Hank Kuehne, Richard S. Johnson and Craig Bowden. Finished T4, two strokes behind champion Sean O'Hair, after a 1-over-par 72 on Sunday that included a bogey-bogey finish. 2004: Finished 102nd on TOUR money list, lowest finish since ending the 1998 season at No. 104. Posted two top-10s. 2003: Finished a career-best 28th on the money list thanks to his second win, a career-high six top-10s and more than $2 million in earnings. Had never earned more than $1 million entering the season...First win in over four years came at the 84 LUMBER Classic of Pennsylvania. Set course and tournament records with final-round, career-best 10-under 62 and 72-hole total of 22-under 266. Came from seven strokes back on a 36-hole Sunday...Week prior to victory, was leader or co-leader through first three rounds at rain-hampered John Deere Classic. Finished T2, four strokes behind Vijay Singh...Earnings were enough to qualify for his first TOUR Championship, where he finished 28th, and the 2004 Masters, where he missed the cut. 2002: T2 at the Buick Invitational, one stroke behind champion Jose Maria Olazabal. Shared lead following second and third rounds, but final-round 70 included a three-putt bogey on the tournament's 72nd hole. 2001: Made more than $500,000 for third consecutive season and kept his TOUR card for fourth straight year since playing 1997 season on Nationwide Tour. 2000: Posted season-best T3 at Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.1999: Broke through to earn first PGA TOUR title, after 113 events, at the John Deere Classic. Birdied 72nd hole to force playoff with Mike Brisky, then birdied fifth playoff hole to earn $360,000. Holed bunker shot on second playoff hole (No. 16) for birdie. Brisky birdied from 12 feet to match him. Was 12th first-time winner at Oakwood CC. $622,883 he earned was more than he had earned in his career on the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour combined...Won the Honda Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico. 1998: Returned to the PGA TOUR after prior membership in 1989 and 1995...Finished 104th on the final money list, his first ever in the top 125. 1997: Played the Nationwide Tour full-time and finished seventh on the final money list thanks, in part, to a third-place effort at the Nationwide Tour Championship. Set a Grand National Lake Course record in the third round when he fired a 6-under-par 66. 1994: Member of winning PGA Cup team. Amateur: Member of 1983 NCAA Division II championship team...First-team All-America in high school.

Personal

Named to the 1978 all-state high school basketball team and earned golf scholarship to Emporia State (KS) University. Later transferred to Texas State University on a golf scholarship; finished second and team won Division II national title in 1983...Wife, Dawn, caddied for him most of 1997...Worked as head professional at Forest Creek GC in Round Rock, TX, for three years before giving TOUR golf another shot...Three-time Player of the Year in South Texas Section of PGA and Player of the Year in Southwest Section PGA in Nevada...Introduced into Emporia High School Hall of Fame in 2001...Inducted into Texas State University Hall of Honor in 2002...Has an interest in writing, specifically about golf instruction, for which he has penned more than 1,000 tips. Published a book, the "Pocket Pro" edition of "Golf Tips from the Tour." For more information, go to JLLewisGolf.com.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-0

Other Information

Eligible to join the Champions Tour in July 2010. In 2009, played in only four events and made one cut on TOUR, finishing T74 at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. Also played in 15 Nationwide Tour events in 2009 and made five cuts, with a best finish of T12 at the Melwood Prince George's County Open in June. In 16 PGA TOUR appearances in 2008, posted three made cuts and a season-best T47 at the Shell Houston Open. Made eight Nationwide Tour starts in 2008, with a T64 at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic his only made cut. In 2007, played in just four events in comeback from strained MCL in left knee suffered in May 2006 as well as a lingering elbow injury. Granted Major Medical Extension carryover for 2008. In 2006, limited to 17 events due to strained MCL in left knee and elbow injury. Finished out of the top 125 for the first time since 1995. In 2005, finished in the top 125 for the eighth consecutive season and earned more than $1 million for just the second time in his 10th year on TOUR. Recorded an unofficial T5 at rain-shortened Nissan Open. Earned his first top-10 in seven appearances at THE PLAYERS Championship with a T8. Played 31 holes during a Monday finish and was one of two players (Fred Funk) to record sub-par final rounds with his 70-70. In 2004, finished 102nd on TOUR money list, lowest finish since ending the 1998 season at No. 104. In 2003, finished a career-best 28th on the money list thanks to his second win, a career-high six top-10s and more than $2 million in earnings. Had never earned more than $1 million entering the season. First win in over four years came at the 84 LUMBER Classic of Pennsylvania. Set course and tournament records with final-round, career-best 10-under 62 and 72-hole total of 22-under 266. Came from seven strokes back on a 36-hole Sunday. Week prior to victory, was leader or co-leader through first three rounds at rain-hampered John Deere Classic. Finished T2, four strokes behind Vijay Singh. Earnings were enough to qualify for his first TOUR Championship, where he finished 28th, and the 2004 Masters, where he missed the cut. Finished T2 at the 2002 Buick Invitational, one stroke behind champion Jose Maria Olazabal. In 1999, broke through to earn first PGA TOUR title, after 113 events, at the John Deere Classic. Birdied 72nd hole to force playoff with Mike Brisky, then birdied fifth playoff hole to earn $360,000. Holed bunker shot on second playoff hole (No. 16) for birdie. Brisky birdied from 12 feet to match him. Was 12th first-time winner at Oakwood CC. $622,883 he earned was more than he had earned in his career on the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour combined. In 1998, returned to the PGA TOUR after prior membership in 1989 and 1995. Finished 104th on the final money list, his first ever in the top 125. In 1997, played the Nationwide Tour full-time and finished seventh on the final money list thanks, in part, to a third-place effort at the Nationwide Tour Championship. Set a Grand National Lake Course record in the third round when he fired a 6-under-par 66. Member of winning PGA Cup team in 1994. First-team All-America in high school. Named to the 1978 all-state high school basketball team and earned golf scholarship to Emporia State (KS) University. Later transferred to Texas State University on a golf scholarship; finished second and team won Division II national title in 1983. Wife, Dawn, caddied for him most of 1997. Worked as head professional at Forest Creek GC in Round Rock, TX, for three years before giving TOUR golf another shot. Three-time Player of the Year in South Texas Section of PGA and Player of the Year in Southwest Section PGA in Nevada. Introduced into Emporia High School Hall of Fame in 2001. Inducted into Texas State University Hall of Honor in 2002. Has an interest in writing, specifically about golf instruction, for which he has penned more than 1,000 tips. Published a book, the "Pocket Pro" edition of "Golf Tips from the Tour." For more information, go to JLLewisGolf.com.