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The day David Lynn saved Ian Poulter

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 8:21pm  ET

DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

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 FedEx Cup 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.

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THE ART JUNKIE: Fred Couples was amazed by his most recent visit to the White House as Presidents Cup captain. And while he said President Barack Obama was in a jovial mood, what impressed Couples the most was the art on the walls.

That's when he let on that he's somewhat of an "art junkie."

"What do I collect? I have California art," Couples said. "I have some, you know, inexpensive expensive. There's some you can buy for 6 grand, some from 150 grand. I like buying one a year. It used to be cars, and now it's a piece of art. I'm almost done."

He might be running out of space. Couples is trying to sell his home in the Palm Springs, Calif., area, and when that happens, his other house in Los Angeles is smaller.

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US OPEN: Kyle Stanley could have locked up a spot in the U.S. Open if he had tied for second in the Memorial. Instead, he bogeyed the 17th hole as Kevin Chappell birdied the last two holes, and the third-place finish only moved Stanley up to No. 59.

He narrowly missed out in the 36-hole qualifier Monday. He's not playing in Memphis. So all he can do is wait.

The biggest threat to bumping out Stanley is Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, who is playing in the Austrian Open and needs to finish about 12th to move past the American. Charles Howell III and Jimmy Walker also could move into the top 60 with top finishes in Memphis.

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TOUGH ROUGH: Johnny Miller and Peter Jacobsen miss the days when the U.S. Open was renowned for its long, thick rough.

During an NBC Sports conference call last week for the U.S. Open, Miller said the rough used to be so tough that it put a premium on hitting fairways. USGA executive director Mike Davis starting in 2006 began a concept of graduated rough, making it deeper the further away it was from the fairway. Players have considered that to be a fairest test over the least seven years.

Miller disagreed, saying the U.S. Open became "more like a PGA Tour event."

"I think it lost its identity, personally," Miller said. "I don't agree with that one bit. To me, the U.S. Open is supposed to be the ultimate test. ... I just thought like at Torrey (Pines), they set it up like an old Andy Williams with distance. Not that it wasn't a good Open -- it was a great Open. But I like the rough, personally."

Jacobsen recalled watching Hale Irwin in 1974 at Winged Foot, one of the toughest U.S. Opens ever (and one that followed Miller shooting 63 in the final round at Oakmont). Jacobsen said the U.S. Open was about survival, and it was one of the most intimidating events on the PGA Tour schedule.

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