Wednesday, May 08, 2013



David Lynn has taken the extraordinary decision to skip his debut in the US Open next month and has opted to go on holiday instead.

The Englishman was beaten by the unheralded American rookie Derek Ernst in a play-off at the Quail Hollow Championship on Sunday, but the runner-up finish hurtled Lynn back into the world’s top 50 and earned him a spot at Merion. 

Yet despite having finished second in his first American major at the US PGA Championship last year and then having led in his second American major, the Masters last month, the 39-year-old is adamant that he will take time out from his Stateside adventure and head for the beach rather than the tight layout in Pennsylvania.

“This is the problem,” Stoke-on-Trent-based Lynn said. “I wasn’t in the US Open, so I’ve made other plans. I’ve actually booked a holiday and I need a holiday now, to be honest. So I’m going to do that.
In fairness to Lynn, the Players Championship at Sawgrass this week will be his 12th event in the past 13 weeks as he has set about retaining his US PGA Tour card for next season on an exhausting run.
The $723,600 (£466,000) prize money in Charlotte all but achieved that aim taking this former European Tour journeyman’s earnings for the season towards the £1 million mark.
Lynn, who has not won a tournament since the KLM Open in the Netherlands in 2004, will return to Britain next week and does not plan to return to America until the US PGA in August.
This means that he would not only miss the US Open but also the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, where he would be guaranteed more than £25,000 just for turning up. But the Merseysider is plainly fed up with living in hotels and will take time off to decide on his future.
Lynn is not even certain that he will permanently commit himself entirely to America, regardless of the trophies and riches on offer. He is 25th in the FedEX standings with a $35 million (£23 million) bonus pool up for grabs.
“I’ve enjoyed the experience so far but I can’t carry on living like this – out of a suitcase and flying back home to England once in a blue moon,” Lynn told The Daily Telegraph.
“I’ll have a big decision to make as I would have to get a base over here and, of course, get my missus to come out here as well. There’s a lot of factors. I’ll have to sit down and think about it.”
“What is there to think about?” will come the cry. What makes Lynn’s choice to sidestep Merion seem all the more bizarre is the nature of his performance at Quail Hollow.
In leaving behind the likes of Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy down the stretch, Lynn claimed “not to have played well at all”.
“All I did was scramble really well,” he said.
 If the pros will need to do one thing well at Merion it is scramble. Another good showing at Sawgrass, where he will face the likes of Tiger Woods, McIlroy and Adam Scott and he will surely have to reset his ambitions completely.



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