AUGUSTA, Ga. – In just his second major championship, and just his 13th PGA Tour event for that matter, David Lynn picked up where he left off at his last Grand Slam start.
Lynn made his move when he birdied four of five holes at the turn and finished with a 4-under 68. He was alone in second place, two strokes behind front-runner Marc Leishman, midway through Round 1 at the Masters.
Lynn posted matching 68s on the weekend at last year’s PGA Championship to finish alone in second place and earn enough money to take up Tour membership in 2013. In 10 events this season he has one top-10 (T-4 Honda Classic) and is 53rd in earnings.
On Thursday at Augusta National, Lynn continued to defy conventional wisdom, which suggests experience is required for success at a major, and had to do a double take at the turn when he noticed his name atop the iconic leaderboard.
“I was on the ninth and turned around and looked at my caddie and said, ‘I’m leading the Masters.’ I told him I’d rather be leading on Sunday,” said Lynn, who has moved his family to the U.S. to make the most of his Tour status this season.
For the 39-year-old, he may be a Masters rookie but he did not play like one on Thursday.
“It’s taken me a golfing lifetime to get here,” he said.