Ling­merth shoots an­other 65, leads Quicken Loans by 2 shots

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David Ling­merth knows he won’t have to shoot 20-un­der par for the week to win at tricky TPC Po­tomac. Af­ter two nearflaw­less rounds in the Quicken Loans Na­tional, he was half­way there.

The 29-year-old Swede, the win­ner of a Web.com Tour event on the pun­ish­ing Wash­ing­ton-area lay­out in 2012, shot his se­cond straight 5-un­der 65 on Fri­day to ex­tend his lead to two shots over Ge­off Ogilvy.

Ling­merth used his re­li­able fade off the tee to avoid trou­ble and set up birdie op­por­tu­ni­ties. He has gone 34 straight holes with­out a bo­gey. His fi­nal fade of the day was pos­si­bly his best, a 6-iron from 177 yards that he held up against the wind on the par-4 18th. It fin­ished 7 feet from the hole, lead­ing to birdie.

Sev­eral play­ers said be­fore the tour­na­ment that 10 un­der might be good enough to win. Ling­merth’s win­ning score five years ago was 8 un­der. “It’s def­i­nitely as tough as ad­ver­tised,” he said. “It hap­pens quite a bit ac­tu­ally that (the) two-round score ends up be­ing pretty close to the fi­nal win­ning score. That’s not nec­es­sar­ily al­ways the case. So I’m hop­ing to keep plug­ging away, mak­ing more birdies over the week­end.”

Ling­merth hit 12 of 14 fair­ways on Thurs­day and 10 of 14 on Fri­day, and he hit all but five greens in reg­u­la­tion each day. His short game was sharp, too. Af­ter his ap­proach came up short on the up­hill par-3 12th, he hit a bump-and-run into a steep slope that trick- led onto the green and set­tled in­side 2 feet.

The for­mer Univer­sity of Arkansas player won the 2015 Me­mo­rial for his lone PGA Tour ti­tle. Ogilvy played in the first group off the 10th tee and also shot 65. Daniel Sum­mer­hays shot 68 and was alone in third, four shots back. Sung Kang, who shot 69 amid tougher con­di­tions in the af­ter­noon, was five shots back along with Ar­jun At­wal (67). Ogilvy took ad­van­tage of calm morn­ing con­di­tions and flaw­less greens to birdie three of his first four holes. He added birdies from 6 feet on No. 1 and in­side 2 feet on Nos. 2 and 4. He fin­ished with an 8-footer for par.

“That 7:15 (tee time) is pretty early. You’ve got to get out of bed pretty early, but once you get out here it’s al­ways nice. It was the per­fect morn­ing to play golf,” Ogilvy said. “It’s al­ways nice to be un­der be­fore you’re over on a course this hard.”

JOB DONE

The 2006 US Open cham­pion, who was once ranked No. 3 in the world, now sits at 232 and had to take a one-time ex­emp­tion for be­ing in the top 50 in ca­reer earn­ings to main­tain his PGA Tour play­ing priv­i­leges this sea­son. He missed the US Open for the first time in more than a decade and isn’t in the Bri­tish Open, ei­ther, al­though that could change this week. The top four play­ers in the Quicken Loans Na­tional field who aren’t al­ready ex­empt will qual­ify for the Bri­tish Open, pro­vided that they fin­ish in­side the top 12.—AP

—AFP

PO­TOMAC: David Ling­merth of Swe­den plays his shot from the eighth tee dur­ing the se­cond round of the Quicken Loans Na­tional on Fri­day TPC Po­tomac in Po­tomac, Mary­land.

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