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Sunday's 2013 Wells Fargo Championship Notebook

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One big holiday: David Lynn to skip 2013 U.S. Open

Wells Fargo Championship runner-up David Lynn has a chance to play in his first U.S. Open in June because of his weekend performance.

Instead, he’s going to take a vacation.

“Well, this is the problem now,” said Lynn, who carded a 2-under-par 70 Sunday. “I wasn’t in the U.S. Open, so I’ve made other plans now. I’ve actually booked a holiday. So as it stands, I’m going on holiday.”

But couldn’t the Englishman take his vacation another time?

“No, I need a holiday now, to be honest,” he said. “So I’m going to do that.”

The finish at Wells Fargo boosts Lynn’s world ranking high enough to qualify for the major, but he said he doesn’t plan to play again on the PGA Tour until the PGA Championship in August.

Lynn, in his first season as a PGA Tour member, has had recent success in majors. At the PGA Championship last year he finished second, eight strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy. And he was two shots off the lead last month at Augusta National through the first round.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Two golfers with local ties finished in the top-10 of the tournament.

Robert Karlsson, who’s lived in Charlotte for almost three years, shot even par Sunday to finish in a tie for fourth at 6 under. He said he was “very, very happy” with the way he played this week in front of friends.

“It was nice to have a lot of local support, and I really, really appreciate them coming out and helping me out,” Karlsson said.

Kyle Stanley tied with Luke List for the low score on Sunday with a 68. The 25-year-old Stanley played collegiately at Clemson, where he was ACC Player of the Year in 2007.

Stanley, who has one win on the PGA Tour, finished tied for sixth at 5 under.

BACK PAY

The decision to stay in the field and not withdraw from the Wells Fargo Championship after tweaking his back Friday lined Sergio Garcia’s pockets with $97,150 in prize money.

Garcia finished tied for 16thth at 3 under with a round of 73 on Sunday. Friday at No. 10, Garcia tweaked his back on his drive at the par-5. He indicated after the round he would withdraw if his back didn’t feel better the following day.

But even with a bad back, Garcia went even par for the remainder of the tournament following the injury.

Quoting

“Everybody knows that’s what’s going to happen, and I just didn’t adjust to it.”

–Phil Mickelson, on the greens slowing down when rain began to fall on the final holes.

“I was a bit worried that I could slip and break my leg or something.”

–David Lynn, on hitting his third shot from near the rocks just outside the water hazard on the 18th and first playoff hole.

“Johnny is that good.”

– Tournament director of operations Tony Schuster, giving credit to Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris for holding off the heavy rain Sunday until after the tournament concluded.

By the numbers

2 Strokes under par Derek Ernst played the “Green Mile” (Nos. 16-18).

5 Playoffs on the PGA Tour this season.

14 Strokes over par Phil Mickelson has played the par-3 17th in 40 trips to the hole (he bogeyed it Sunday).

22 years, 11 months, 19 days Ernst’s age, third youngest of Wells Fargo winners (Rory McIlroy was youngest at 20 years, 11 months 28 days).

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