August 24 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The Monday after he finished second at last year's PGA Championship, David Lynn hitched a ride from South Carolina to New York on Padraig Harrington's plane.
His flight home to England wasn't until that night so he and his girlfriend hired a limo and took a whistle-stop tour of the city. The couple went to Ground Zero. They checked out the Chrysler Building and the Statue of Liberty. There was even a little time for shopping.
"I was pretty tired to be honest after a few hours," Lynn said. "I had not had an awful lot of sleep that night. ... We went for a nice lunch and it was all just a mad dash around, and I think I had to be at the airport for 5 o'clock."
Just over a year later, Lynn is back in the NYC area, only this time he is staying across the Hudson River in New Jersesy and playing in The Barclays. He hasn't had time for any sightseeing because he's making his first appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs and Lynn wanted to be sure he was ready.
Judging by the first three rounds of The Barclays, Lynn certainly is. He shot a 69 on Saturday that placed him in a tie with Tiger Woods at 8 under, just four shots behind Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar.
"It's exciting," Lynn said. "There's four big events here which all come together to create the FedEx, and you can certainly tell there's a little bit of atmosphere about the fact that we have gone into the Playoffs. But like I said, I'm trying to sort of take small steps into insuring that I play in all four."
Lynn secured his 2013 TOUR card thanks to the money he earned at Kiawah Island that placed him inside the top 125 on the money list as a non-member. He's played well in his first year, too -- finishing runner-up to David Ernst in a playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship -- and he entered the Playoffs ranked 54th in the FedExCup.
Lynn played so well, in fact, that he did enough "damage" in those early events that he was able to head back to the familiar confines of Europe after THE PLAYERS Championship. He returned to the States "relaxed" as he'd hoped for the stretch run that started three weeks ago with the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
"For me, it's a case of trying to secure my way into the third event, which I'm not safe for," said Lynn, who ranks 10th in fairways, 24th in greens in regulation and 11th in putts this week. "And then well, you know, I could do that this week and secure myself into THE TOUR Championship.
"I guess it's one of those things that you're trying to just build your way up slowly is the way I'm sort of thinking about it, just try and progress, and I guess it's not until the last week that it comes, when the hype really picks up on the FedEx, is the way I'm thinking."