Lynn succeeding on PGA Tour, better known for once saving Poulter's life

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David Lynn, a decade after saving Ian Poulter's life, followed Poulter's advice about coming to America.
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 | 11:37 p.m.


David Lynn is the Englishman who earned his PGA Tour card last year by finishing eight shots behind as the runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship. He can be racy on Twitter. And in his first year on the American tour, he already has done well enough to earn over $1.3 million and be No. 29 in the FedExCup standings.
Not so well known about Lynn is the story of how he once saved Ian Poulter's life.
''We were in the Czech Republic,'' Poulter said earlier this year about his time on the Challenge Tour in Europe. ''There was four of us in a room to have a shower after the tournament – to try to save money, we keep one room open – and all these golf clubs were strewn across the floor.''
One of the players knocked on the door, and Poulter tried to jump over the bags to get there.
''I caught my ankle in the loop, went down on it and cracked it,'' Poulter said. ''It was so painful. I sat on the toilet as they ran a freezing cold bath, and when I put my foot in the bath I passed out. And as I passed out, my teeth clenched and I swallowed my tongue. He had to wrench my mouth open. It was horrible.''
A decade later, Poulter offered him advice on whether to take up his PGA Tour card. Poulter recommended that Lynn at least play the first half of the season in America, and that's what he has done. Lynn is not playing the U.S. Open because he already booked a holiday, and while it seems like a bad idea, he's not kidding about needing a break. Lynn already had played 15 events when he finished The Players Championship.