About J.L. Lewis

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1988 and 1989 PGA Class A Professional & First Stint on PGA TOUR

In 1988, Lewis became an assistant golf pro at the Las Vegas Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he earned his PGA Class A membership. In December 1988, he qualified for the PGA Tour, and competed in twenty-one tour events during 1989.


1995 PGA Tour Season

J.L. rejoined the PGA Tour in 1995 and played in 28 PGA TOUR and 3 Nationwide Tour events.  He made 15 cuts and his best finishes were a tie for 17th in Flint Michigan at the Buick Invitational and a 3rd Place finish at the NIKE Louisiana Open. J.L. led the PGA New Orleans Open after the 2nd round.  Lewis also had a rare double eagle at the Milwaukee Open on hole #4 at Brown Deer Golf Course.


1996 Professional Tour Achievements

In 1996 J.L. played in 3 PGA TOUR events, including the US Open at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 3 Nationwide Tour events, and was the leading money winner on the NINFAs Tour.  That fall, he earned a spot on the 1997 Nationwide Tour through PGA TOUR qualifying school.


1997 Nationwide Tour Season

Lewis played the Nationwide Tour full-time and finished seventh on the final money list earning him a spot on the 1998 PGA TOUR.  He played 28 events making 21 out of 28 cuts and 15 top-25s including a 2nd place finish in the NIKE Colorado Classic and a tie for 2nd in the NIKE San Jose Open.  He also finished third in the NIKE Miami Valley Open and in the season finale NIKE TOUR Championship setting a Grand National Lake Course record in the third round with a 6-under-par 66.


1998 PGA TOUR Season

In 1998 Lewis returned to the PGA TOUR after prior membership in 1989 and 1995.  He finished 104th on the final money list, his first ever in the top 125.  Lewis had two top-10 finishes in 1998, the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines and the Buick Challenge at Calloway Gardens in Georgia.  He also had two top-10 finishes on the Nationwide Tour, a 2nd place finish at the NIKE Upstate Classic and a tie for 7th at the NIKE Lehigh Valley Open.


1999 First PGA TOUR Victory

J.L. broke through to earn his first PGA TOUR title, after 113 events, at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities area in 1999.  He birdied the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Mike Brisky, then birdied the fifth playoff hole to earn $360,000.  Lewis holed a bunker shot on the second playoff hole (No. 16) for birdie. Brisky then birdied from 12 feet to match him.  Lewis was the 12th first-time winner at Oakwood Country Club in the Quad Cities area.  In November, 1999 J.L. won the Honda Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico by 8 strokes.  This was his first international win.


2000 PGA TOUR Season

Lewis posted a season-best tie for third at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2000.  He also placed 10th at the Bell Canadian Open in Toronto, and 11th at the Air Canada Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia.


2001 PGA TOUR Season

In 2001 he made more than $500,000 for the third consecutive season and kept his TOUR card for the fourth straight year since playing the 1997 season on the Nationwide Tour.  His best finish was a 7th place finish at The Texas Open at La Cantera.   Lewis was tied for the lead in the 101st United States Open Golf Championship, played from June 14 to June 18, 2001 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  J.L. Lewis shot 68-68 to share the lead at 4 under par with Mark Brooks and Retief Goosen.  Lewis ended up tied for 30th place in the tournament.


2002 PGA Tour Season

The highlight in 2002 was a tie for 2nd at the Buick Invitational, one stroke behind champion Jose Maria Olazabal. Lewis shared the lead following the second and third rounds.  Other top-10 finishes include a tie for 4th at the Honda Classic, a tie for 5th at the Valero Texas Open and a tie for 8th at the John Deere Classic in Moline, Illinois.


2003 PGA TOUR Season and 2nd PGA TOUR Victory

Lewis 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 in 2003. He had never earned more than $1 million entering the season.  His first win in over four years came at the 84 LUMBER Classic of Pennsylvania.  He set course and tournament records with final-round, career-best 10-under 62 and a 72-hole total of 22-under 266.  He came from seven strokes back on a 36-hole Sunday.  The week prior to his victory he was the leader or co-leader through the first three rounds at the rain-hampered John Deere Classic.  He finished tied for 2nd, four strokes behind Vijay Singh.  His earnings were enough to qualify him for his first PGA TOUR Championship, where he finished 28th, and for the 2004 Masters, where he missed the cut by one.


2004 PGA TOUR Season

In 2004 J.L. finished 102nd on PGA TOUR money list, his lowest finish since ending the 1998 season at No. 104.   He posted two top-tens, a tie for 9th at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and a tie for 10th at the Valero Texas Open.


2005 PGA TOUR Season

J.L. finished in the top 125 for the eighth consecutive season and earned more than $1 million for the second time in his 10th year on TOUR in 2005.  He recorded an unofficial tie for 5th at rain-shortened Nissan Open with rounds of 70-65.  He was two shots out of the Adam Scott-Chad Campbell playoff.  Lewis earned his first top-10 in seven appearances at THE PLAYERS Championship with a tie for 8th. He 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. He made the biggest move on Monday’s final round beginning the day tied for 52nd and jumping up 44 spots. As a past champion of the John Deere Classic, he was the 36-hole and 54-hole leader at the 2005 John Deere Classic, entering the final round with a three-shot lead over Hank Kuehne, Richard S. Johnson and Craig Bowden. He finished T4, two strokes behind champion Sean O'Hair, after a 1-over-par 72 on Sunday that included a bogey-bogey finish.


2006 PGA TOUR Season

Limited to 17 events due to a strained medial collateral ligament and torn meniscus in his left knee and a lingering tendonitis injury in his left elbow, Lewis finished out of the top 125 in 2006 for the first time since 1995.  His best finish was a T6 at the Shell Houston Open, which came in his 11th start of the season. He did not play after withdrawing from the Booz Allen Classic in June.


2007 and 2008 PGA TOUR Seasons

A failed attempt to rehabilitate the knee injury led to surgery in March 2007.  Lewis played in four events early in the 2007 PGA Tour season.  He was granted a major medical extension carryover for the 2008 season. Lewis's best finishes during 2008 were in the Shell Houston Open (T47), in the Verizon Heritage (T64), and in the Valero Texas Open (T73).








J.L. Lewis 2003 84 Lumber Win
2003 84 Lumber Win
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J.L. Lewis 1999 John Deere Classic
1999 John Deere Classic Win
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