Lynn hitches a ride on Air Harrington

Padraig Harrington’s jet. Padraig Harrington might be about miss out on a seventh Ryder Cup cap but thanks to his phenomenal success in recent years he still enjoys the finer things in life. Just ask England’s David Lynn, who got to sip champagne on Air Harrington when he was forced to hitch a lift on the G3 after his missing his flight home from the US PGA.

The 38-year old from Stoke finished a brilliant second to Rory McIlroy at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course but according to the Stoke Sentinel, he spent so much time doing media interviews after his career best finish in a major that he missed flight from Charleston to Washington, from where he was due to catch a connection to Heathrow.

Lynn explained: “I got myself a glass of wine in the clubhouse and sat with Rory McIlroy’s dad while I waited to congratulate Rory on his victory. I thought I might as well cherish the moment.

“But I was also trying to work out how I was going to get home. I’d made a couple of phone calls, but the timing of flights meant it looked like I might be stuck there for a while.

“But then Padraig’s wife told me they had their own jet there and asked whether I would like a lift to New York, where there would be more regular flights back to England.

“So there I was, able to sip Champagne with Padraig on his 13-seater plane. It was a surreal experience.”

The interior of Harrington’s plane before the Dubliner bought it at the end of 2010.

Harrington bought the jet at the end of 2010 after years wondering if he could justify “the great unjustifiable.”