With his runner-up finish in the Wells Fargo Championship, David Lynn of England all but assured himself a spot in his first U.S. Open. He moved to No. 42 in the world, and the top 60 in three weeks are exempt from qualifying.
One problem. Lynn already booked a vacation the week of the U.S. Open, and he has no plans to postpone that.
"I need a holiday, to be honest," he said after his playoff loss to Derek Ernst at Quail Hollow. "So I'm going to do that."
He does need a break.
Lynn earned his PGA Tour card by virtue of his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship last summer. In his first year playing both tours, he already will have reached his minimum 15 events on the U.S. tour at The Players Championship. If that sounds like a lot, consider that he has reached the minimum in 17 weeks. The Players will be his eighth straight tournament.
Lynn is headed back to England after this week and said he would not return to America until the PGA Championship the second week in August. More valuable than his world ranking was what his runner-up finish did for his standings in the FedEx Cup. He moved to No. 25. Not only does that assure him a spot in the playoffs, he's probably safe for at least the first two events.