Notebook: Lynn might have to choose between vacation or U.S. Open

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David Lynn is planning to spend the summer in England, but qualifying for the U.S. Open might make him change his plans.
By
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- 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 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. circuit 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 FedExCup. 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.

MONTY IN AMERICA: After all these years, Colin Montgomerie is coming to America to play a full schedule – on the Champions Tour.

Montgomerie was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday night on the strength of winning the Order of Merit eight times on the European Tour. And while he never won a major, another gap in his resume is that he never won a PGA Tour event. Montgomerie reached as high as No. 2 in the world, and one question about his career is what would have happened if he had ever played a full season or more in America.

''I was tempted very often,'' Montgomerie said. ''I was asked numerous occasions by Deane Beman to start with and also by Tim Finchem to come over here and play full time in the States, whether it be one season or more, and family commitments kept me in Europe. I was very happy and comfortable at home.''

He also was able to collect plenty in appearance money by staying in Europe, where he was the top player on that tour for most of the 1990s.

''I was very happy in Europe and I was comfortable in that position, and therefore I stayed there,'' he said. ''If it's not bust, you don't fix it, and that was why I really didn't come over here. But I look forward now in many ways to starting a chapter of my life to come over here now, where the children have grown up. My wife and I are looking so much forward to coming over here and playing the Champions Tour.''

Montgomerie turns 50 next month. He is eligible for the senior circuit as a Hall of Fame member.

DIVOTS: Bo Van Pelt and Geoff Ogilvy are among those playing the Volvo World Match Play Championship next week in Bulgaria. ... USA Golf, recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as managing the men's and women's Olympic teams for Rio, named six people to its board of directors. Kerry Haigh from the PGA of America and John Bodenhamer of the USGA will be co-chairman. The other directors are PGA Tour senior vice president Ross Berlin, LPGA senior vice president Heather Daly-Donofrio, and players Paul Goydos and Allison Duncan. ... Oregon golf coach Casey Martin shot 69 at Portland Golf Club to advance to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Of the 146 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, 47 percent of them have been inducted since 2000.

FINAL WORD: ''I've had the greatest playground for 33 years.'' - Fred Couples.