Swe­den’s Ling­merth downs Rose in Me­mo­rial play­off, wins 1st Tour ti­tle

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Swe­den’s David Ling­merth downed Justin Rose with a par at the third play­off hole on Sun­day to win his first U.S. PGA Tour ti­tle at the Me­mo­rial.

Hours af­ter 14-time ma­jor cham­pion Tiger Woods wrapped up the worst-scor­ing tour­na­ment of his ca­reer with a lonely fi­nal round, Ling­merth and Rose took the tour­na­ment hosted by Jack Nick­laus the dis­tance and be­yond.

Both twice parred the 18th in the play­off be­fore mov­ing to the 10th for the third hole of sud­den death. Ling­merth found the fair­way while Rose was in the right rough, the 2010 Me­mo­rial win­ner from Eng­land fir­ing out through the green and into the gallery. His chip left him 17 feet to the cup, while Ling­merth was on the green in two.

The Swede two-putted from 42 feet — drain­ing his four-footer for par to seal the win.

Ling­merth and Rose fin­ished reg­u­la­tion tied on 15-un­der 273, Ling­merth closing with a three­un­der par 69.

Rose shook off an er­rant shot from a bunker that struck a spec­ta­tor at the fi­nal hole of reg­u­la­tion, hang­ing on to make par and com­plete a 72 and force the play­off.

It was all of a piece with his late round — a bo­gey at 16 that saw him fall out of a share of the lead be­fore he curled in a 10-footer at 17 to re­gain it.

“It was def­i­nitely a tricky day,” Rose said.

Ital­ian Francesco Molinari, who led early and shared the lead through 15 holes, saw his chal­lenge fade with a dou­ble bo­gey at 17. He carded a 71 for 275 that left him tied for third with Masters cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth, whose 65 was the low round of the day.

Ling­merth and Rose re­turned to 18 to open the play­off, where Rose’s long par putt made a sharp left turn at the cup to drop, and Ling­merth holed a 10-footer to match him.

Ling­merth got up and down from a bunker to match Rose’s par at the sec­ond play­off hole — also 18.

Woods was long gone be­fore the play­off drama un­folded, hav­ing teed off alone as the last-placed player in the field of 71 in the wake of his ca­reer worst 85 in the third round.

He posted a two-over 74 on Sun­day that in­cluded play­ing the last two holes in three-over par with a bo­gey at 17 and a dou­ble bo­gey at the last.

The five-time win­ner of the Me­mo­rial fin­ished with a 14-over par to­tal of 302, his high­est 72-hole to­tal ever.

Woods, the 14-time ma­jor cham­pion who has plunged to 172nd in the world, said he tried to ap­proach the round like any other.

Woods moved as low as three­un­der for his round with a birdie at 11, but as in the ear­lier rounds, the closing holes at Muir­field Vil­lage un­did him.

He has two weeks to re­group be­fore the U.S. Open at Cham­bers Bay south of Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton.

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