David keeps to his roots

David Lynn
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THE WIGAN golfer who shocked the sporting world by finishing runner-up in one of the Majors has spoken of his sporting upbringing in the town.

David Lynn grew up in Swinley and honed his skills as a youngster all over the borough.

The 38-year-old European Tour regular had only notched one career win before he shot a four-under round at the Kiawah Island course on Sunday to finish behind Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.

David, told the Observer: “I grew up in Wigan and consider myself a Wiganer. I used to hit golf balls on parks and fields all over the town when I was a kid. My first round was at Haigh Hall and I remember playing at Hindley Hall and Duxbury Park. My dad wouldn’t let me loose on a proper course at first so that’s why me and my brother would just hit balls around Whitley High School field.”

A former Wigan Athletic youth team footballer, David also revealed that he is proud to be the only Latics fan on the European Tour.

He said: “I used to be a Latics ball boy and I still support the team wherever I am. I refer to myself as a ‘Pie Eater’ to the guys on tour. The last time I was at a game was a couple of years ago, I know Jimmy Bullard quite well and I watched the match with him.”

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