Lynn cat wins on his ninth life

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David Lynn credit thanks to lsogood via flickr.

England golfer David Lynn shot a final-round of 63 to win the Portugal Masters which gave him his first taste of European success since the KLM open nine years ago.

The 39 year-old set a target of 18 under which in the end proved unbeatable. Lynn won the title by one shot with South Africa’s Justin Walters finishing on 17 under.

Paul Waring also of England was tied for third place with Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria all ended on 16 under.

There were more Brits on the leader board with Jamie Donaldson finishing sixth, Ross Fisher finishing a place below in seventh and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson finishing in thirteenth at the Oceanico Victoria.

Lynn started his fourth round in 16th place, and then  made nine birdies as he came to within six shots off the pace. Lynn birdied at the 17th hole and then enjoyed some good fortune when it came to the 18th after avoiding the water before he putted. The Englishman then was made to wait to see whether his score was enough to give him the title in Portugal.

David Lynn hales from Billinge in Merseyside and currently lives in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, born on the 20th October 1973.

David Lynn is now ranked 34th in the world after previously being placed 52nd and the title in Portugal was his first win this season, his second European Tour win and his first Challenge Tour win. Lynn turned professional in 1995 and currently plays on the PGA and European tours. Lynn has yet to take part in a US Open Tour during his 18 year career.

Currently Lynn is ranked fifth best English golfer with such players as Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter ahead of the 39 year-old. To some sport fans,Lynn is yet to be a household name compared to the players ranked ahead of him. Lynn’s only other previous victory came in 2004.

The tournament originally known as the Dutch Cup changed name in 2004. The KLM Open is an amateur golf tournament that most golfers take part in before they turn professional. The Open is played in the Netherlands and has been part of the European Tour since 1972. In a 31 year history there have been seven English winners of the competition with the most recent one being Simon Dyson in 2011.In that same tournament David Lynn finished second.

Lynn’s most noticeable finish was in the 2012 PGA Championship where he finished second, eight strokes behind winner Rory Mcllroy. The championship was the second appearance for Lynn in a major which gave him the right to take part in the championship in 2013, he also was granted a chance to take part in the Masters Tournament and moved to 40th in the world.Lynn joined the PGA tour full time for the first time this year and came close to his first professional win in May 2013 at the Wells Fargo Championship, finishing eight under.

The first title Lynn won as a golfer was in 1994 at the Greek amateur Championship where he finished eight shots ahead of second place David Howell.

What will David Lynn win next in his career?

 

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