Lynn thrilled with win
David Lynn celebrated his 40th birthday a week early with a long overdue second European Tour title in the Portugal Masters on Sunday.
Lynn, whose only previous win in almost 400 events came in the KLM Open in 2004, carded a superb closing 63 to finish 18 under par at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.
The 39-year-old, who turns 40 next Sunday, started the day six shots off the lead but charged into contention with five birdies in a front nine of 30 and, after a bogey at the 10th, picked up further shots at the 11th, 14th, 15th and 17th to set a clubhouse target that was never matched.
An emotional Justin Walters, who started the week 126th in the Race to Dubai, holed a 40ft par putt on the 18th to claim outright second on 17 under and secure his card for next season, the South African breaking down in tears following the death of his mother two weeks ago.
Lynn, who was a distant second to Rory McIlroy in the 2012 US PGA Championship and won more than £1million on the PGA Tour this season, said: "I'm obviously delighted.
"It's your dream to win, that's what we are out here for. I have been patient, knocked on the door a lot of times, been quite consistent and to make the breakthrough again is very emotional and it's a great feeling to know I can do it again.
"I was really disappointed when I walked off the course on Saturday (after a 73). I just didn't hole any putts and made seven at 17 and thought maybe I had played myself out of it.
"Today was just a case of I've got to go out there and make as many birdies as I can. I must admit I was thinking of Scott Jamieson's 60 (in the third round). If I could do something like that who knows. The wind was up quite a bit today so eight under is a really good score.
"I really caught fire on the front nine, I was making everything I looked at, although I hit it to one foot at the first which got me off to a really good start. After that I made a couple of great putts for par to keep the momentum going and then I was making the birdie putts."
Walters, who is now 71st on the money list, said: "I don't know if I can talk much right now. Coming into the week I really didn't have any goals or ambitions, I just wanted to play and honour my mum and make her proud.
"The putts kept dropping and I kept hitting some decent shots and the last one at the end, she made it for sure. It was probably the best moment of my career. It was so cool because I had a lot on the line."