CHARLOTTE, NC — TaylorMade Tour Staff professional and 39-year-old journeyman David Lynn came eerily close to his first career PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship, gritting and grinding his way into a two-man playoff in brutal conditions at Quail Hollow before falling just short in sudden death. Lynn, one of 20 players in the field playing the new Lethal golf ball, was brilliant down the stretch in regulation, birdieing two of his last five holes in the final round to get in the clubhouse at -8, good for a share of the lead.
A win wasn’t meant to be, though, as Lynn missed the fairway on the first sudden-death playoff hole (No. 18) and was unable to match the opening par made by his playoff competitor, who safely hit the fairway and green in regulation before two-putting his way to victory. Ever an optimist, the result won’t deflate Lynn’s momentum as he was especially proud of his ability to scramble his way into contention on a Sunday when many faltered in the wet, wild conditions in Charlotte.
“Well, I know I’m pretty good in tough conditions, and I am a bit of a grinder,” said Lynn. “You know a runner‑up finish, it’s a good finish. It jumps me up in the order of merit on the FedEx.”
Lynn’s assessment was spot-on Sunday as the runner-up finish at Wells Fargo vaulted him to No. 25 position in the 2013 FedExCup points standings, a comfortable position as he prepares for a summer to be played primarily on the European Tour, where he’s spent most of his professional career. A first-year PGA Tour professional, Lynn reiterated Sunday that he plans to take the U.S. Open off for a much-needed vacation after four-plus months of consecutive competition in the States.
“I was going to go back after next week anyway and I wasn’t going to come back until the PGA which are still my plans,” Lynn said. “So, yeah, you take heart, don’t you, from losing the playoffs? It’s all confidence building, so it puts me in good standing for the rest of the year.”
The finish is especially noteworthy for Lynn who was coming off back-to-back missed cuts, first at the RBC Heritage and again at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Through 14 events this season, Lynn ranks 24th on the PGA Tour money list and heads into the summer season poised to continue arguably the finest season of his professional career.
Our week at the Wells Fargo Championship saw players including Lynn wearing headwear to help celebrate the official PGA Tour launch of Lethal, the ultimate Tour performance golf ball, designed for TaylorMade players only. To learn more about the Lethal golf ball, click here. To get the Lethal gear our pros wore in Charlotte, click here.
With another exciting week in the books, stay tuned to Tour Diaries for all the latest from the game’s fifth major, the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass.