The British golfer with the glorious hair/visor combination you see above spent the majority of Thursday morning atop the Masters leaderboard, finishing with a 4-under 68 and holding sole possession of the lead until a little after 1:30 p.m. ET.
Who is David Lynn? Unless you’re an avid golf fan, you may not know much. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because you watched the 2012 PGA Championship, where he was the (distant) runner-up to Rory McIlroy — a healthy eight strokes behind.
Maybe that makes it a stretch to say he has come out of nowhere at Augusta, but besides that performance at the PGA, he has played in only one other major — he finished tied for 53rd at the Open Championship in 2003. This is his first Masters.
This latest arbitor of Lynn-sanity is a 39-year-old European Tour journeyman with two professional wins to his credit. He is ranked No. 53 in the world.
Why we want him to stick around: he has a sense of humor. This story has plenty of goodies from the David Lynn Comedy Tour. Among the gems:
On his arrival at Augusta: "I heard it got so bland out here that Ben Crane counts as funny these days."
On catfishing his single caddy: "I let the cat out of the bag after only a few hours. I wasn’t cruel."
On water balloon-bombing art gallery patrons: "I’ve been known to do a few stupid things."
His Twitter feed describes him as a "general prankster" who "will probably never grow up" and is worth a look for its images of caddies with Photoshopped — uh — stains on the seat of their pants and risque gynaecology jokes, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Here’s to you, David Lynn. Looking forward to what pranks you might have up your sleeve for the green jacket ceremony.