It was an interesting moment for David Lynn.
He was standing on the 10th tee of the Ocean Course at Kiawah
Island during the 2012 PGA Championship.
He had already ticked off one major goal by just making the cut. Then he
shot 68 on the Saturday, so that when he teed off on Sunday and made it through
the first nine holes of the final round, the Englishman who loves a practical
joke suddenly realised the seriousness of being in the top 10 on the
leaderboard of a Major championship.
standing on the 10th tee and going, alright, this is going to be interesting to
see how my body reacts to this final nine holes being so high up on the
leaderboard because you sort of half expect yourself to drop a few shots from
nerves, but it was the opposite, I was picking them up", said Lynn.
Lynn went on to finish second behind Rory
McIlroy for what remains his best finish in a Major. The prize money he earned that
week was enough to see him circumvent the PGA Tour's Qualifying School and
secure himself a card for the 2013 season.
Lynn was initially not sure he wanted to play on
the PGA Tour.
"I was quite happy playing the European Tour. My initial
thought was that I wasn't going to come over because I believed that the
European Tour was what made me what I am and I should stay there to support
them. But talking to more people who said, why wouldn't you"
His finish in the 2012 PGA Championship also
earned him his first invitation to Augusta National for the Masters this year,
where he finished tied 46th.
Lynn turned professional in 1995 after a solid amateur
career in which he represented England and won the Greek Amateur Open
Championship in 1994.
His first professional victory came in the 1997 Danish Open
on the Challenge Tour. That saw him graduate to the European Tour, but Lynn
missed eight cuts by just a single shot to lose his card.
The Englishman then won it back at the 1999 European Tour
Qualifying School, and has enjoyed a very solid career on the Tour ever since.
His first European Tour victory came in the 2004 KLM Open.
Lynn had lost his Wedgewood China lucky ball marker he had used for 10 years,
but used another bit of luck to claim his first title. His father gave him an
1891 Queen's Shilling that soldiers were given before they went to war.
This year Lynn ended a nine-year title drought when he beat
South Africa's Justin Walters by a single stroke to win the Portugal Masters
with a final round of 63.
His best finish on the European Tour Race to Dubai of 18thcame in 2012, and it also marked his 13th consecutive season that
Lynn had finished within the top 90 on the Race to Dubai.
Playing the PGA Tour has been a welcome change
for Lynn, and one which he admits has revitalised his career.
"It's given me a second wind at the moment. Obviously
everything's new. I'm going to a different place every week, a different
course, and it's like I've started my career again almost. So I'm having to
knuckle down and do my homework when I get to places, and just enjoying what
the PGA Tour has to offer at the moment, which is really good."