April 11 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Some fans might be surprised to see David Lynn's name at the top of the Masters leaderboard.
Don't forget, though, the Englishman was the runner-up, albiet a distant one, to Rory McIlroy at last year's PGA Championship. He barely made the field after sneaking into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking at No. 98, then took advantage of the opportunity by shooting a pair of 68s on the weekend.
Lynn is 5 under through 15 holes right now in his first appearance at the Masters -- and just his third major championship overall. He's two strokes ahead of Jim Furyk, who has played 11 holes and three up on Brian Gay and Justin Rose.
The 39-year-old Lynn, who is playing his first full season as a PGA TOUR member, came to Augusta -- where he sought out former Masters champions Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam for practice rounds -- on the heels of a 14th-place finish at the Valero Texas Open. Lynn's best performance of the year came when he tied for fourth at The Honda Classic.
Lynn describes himself on his Twitter feed as a "general prankster" and says he "will probably never grow up." A self-confessed petrol head, the photo on his Twitter page features Lynn stretched out with hi's feet on the counter and his head in the washing machine.
Lynn is a one-time winner on the European Tour, capturing the 2004 KLM Open. He drew inspiration from famous quotations that week but credited the win to an 1891 "Queen's Shilling" that his father gave him after he lost the Wedgewood China ball marker that he'd used for the past decade.