2004: Lucky Lynn finds his first

Hilversum, Netherlands

So much for superstition. A week after losing a lucky ballmark that he had used for 10 years, David Lynn won on the PGA European Tour for the first time Aug. 8. Lynn became the tour’s 11th first-time winner this season, overcoming a three-stroke deficit in the final round of the KLM Dutch Open.

His lucky coin may have been misplaced, but the importance of the victory wasn’t lost on the 30-year-old Englishman.

“I was getting a bit carried away coming up 17th,” said Lynn, who moved from No. 75 to No. 61 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. “I had a bit of a tear in my eye and had to pull myself together.”

Lynn shot 4-under 66 Sunday for a comfortable victory at Hilversumsche Golf Club, even though he faced an uphill battle at the start of the round. Australia’s Richard Green was 15 under through three rounds. Lynn was next at 12 under, and the next group of competitors was at 8 under.

After going up by four strokes with a birdie at No. 1, Green made three bogeys in a 2-over 72 that left him three behind Lynn.

Lynn made a long birdie putt at No. 9 and a key par save at No. 16, along with several mid-range putts throughout the day. Meanwhile, Green was having trouble sinking anything.

“They went for me today,” said Lynn, whose previous best finishes were seconds at the 1996 Hohe Brucke Open and the 2001 Moroccan Open. “They could have gone the other way. There were a couple out there that Greeny could have made. They change the whole thing. I made those putts at crucial times and then hung on.”

Green couldn’t get anything going, and Lynn’s closest pursuer was Paul McGinley, who shot a Sunday-best 65. At one point, McGinley got within one of the lead, but couldn’t sustain the challenge. He tied for second with Green.

Lynn earned 200,000 euros (approximately $245,000) in his 168th PGA European Tour start to move to No. 22 on the Order of Merit.

– Staff and wire reports

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