Tom Lewis exploded onto the scene earlier this year with a magnificent performance in the Open Championship, which earned him the silver medal, and now he has decided to turn pro.

He announced that he has turned professional and signed with sports management company IMG.

Lewis made a big impact in the Open Championship after he shot an opening round 65 to share the lead.

It was the lowest round by an amateur in Open Championship history and he was the first amateur to lead The Open since Michael Bonallack in 1968.

Lewis, 20, from Welwyn Garden City, went on to finish in an impressive 30th place and was easily the top finishing amateur.

Many expected him to turn pro straight after that performance, but he was keen to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup, which he did and helped them to victory.

Lewis said, "I am very excited to get out there and see how I measure up.

"The Open Championship was fantastic for me and I learnt a lot from the occasion.

"I am very grateful to the tournament promoters who have generously offered me invitations.

"I hope I will perform at my best to thank them for the opportunity."