Lin secured places in The Masters and The Open for the second time by again capturing the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2019, thus joining Hideki Matsuyama as a two-time winner.
In New Zealand in 2017 the left-hander birdied the par-4 17th by driving the green and eagled the last following a 216-yard five-iron to six feet for a 14-under total and three-stroke victory over fellow Chinese player Andy Zhang.
Then on home soil in 2019 he regained the title when he twice birdied the par-5 18th at Sheshan International in a play-off to beat Japan’s defending champion – and then world No 1 amateur – Takumi Kanaya.
Lin had just moved to Los Angeles after joining the University of Southern California and the win was all the more special because his father acted as his caddie.
“Just being able to get back to Augusta and The Open is a great feeling,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back to those two amazing championships.”
His two play-off birdies were particularly sweet as he had taken a bogey six in regulation play and been in the water hazard three days in a row.
At Royal St George's in The 149th Open, Lin produced a wonderful up-and-down on the 18th in round two to make the cut, before finishing as the second-placed amateur behind Matthias Schmid.