PGA runner-up Lynn qualifies for 2013 PGA Tour card
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PGA runner-up Lynn likely qualifies for 2013 PGA Tour card

Englishman David Lynn had never made a professional start on American soil until last week at the PGA Championship. Now he's in position to make as many as he would like next season.

Lynn finished solo second at Kiawah Island, albeit eight shots behind winner Rory McIlroy. The payout for second place is all the same, however, giving Lynn $865,000.

That money is more than enough to crack the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list; he would be 90th at the moment. As a non-member, Lynn will be offered full status for next season if he remains in the top 125 at season's end. By earning enough to topple the top 150 a year ago, he also qualifies for special temporary membership through the end of this season.

Lynn earned the spot in the field by virtue of his status inside the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He cracked the top 100 by finishing T-4 at the French Open, improving to 97th. He skipped the Austrian Open to protect his ranking and gain a berth into the PGA.

It's unclear if Lynn will pursue full-time PGA Tour membership next season, but he's guaranteed to be in the States at least once next year.

By finishing runner-up at the PGA, the 38-year-old will get into the Masters.

Seeing Augusta as many times as I have, it's like I know the place and I've never even been there," Lynn said, according to Reuters. "So to actually go and get to experience it is going to be amazing."

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