Ling­merth gets by Rose in a play­off

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David Ling­merth didn’t crack over the fi­nal two hours Sun­day at the Me­mo­rial at Dublin, Ohio, out­last­ing Justin Rose with a par on the third play­off hole at Muir­field Vil­lage to win for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Ling­merth made a putt just in­side five feet on the 10th hole to se­cure the win.

“I can’t be­lieve it,” the 27year-old Swede said. “I’m so happy right now I don’t know where to go.”

Next year he will be headed to the Masters next year for the first time, but he still will have to qual­ify Mon­day to play in the U.S. Open.

It was the long­est play­off in 40 years of the Me­mo­rial, and it could have ended much ear­lier or even been avoided. Rose over­came a shank from a bunker on the 18th hole of the fi­nal round and hit a 55-yard pitch out of deep rough to three feet to save par for an even-par 72 to force the play­off.

On the 18th in the play­off, Rose holed a 20-foot par putt that went in from the right side of the cup. That looked as if it might be a win­ner un­til Ling­merth calmly sank a 10-foot putt to match his par.

On the 18th on the sec­ond ex­tra hole, Ling­merth got up-and-down from a bunker.

It ended on the 10th hole when Rose hit a fair­way metal into the gallery, chipped 18 feet by the hole and missed his par putt. Ling­merth twop­utted from 45 feet.

Ling­merth closed with a 69 and Rose had a 72 as they fin­ished 72 holes tied at 15un­der 273.

Jor­dan Spi­eth closed with a 65 and wound up two shots be­hind in a tie for third with Francesco Molinari of Italy, who shared the lead un­til hit­ting into the wa­ter on the 16th for a dou­ble bo­gey. He shot 71.

Said Spi­eth: “To­day I gained a lot of mo­men­tum go­ing into the U.S. Open no mat­ter what hap­pens.”

Tiger Woods had a 74 one day af­ter shoot­ing a ca­reer­worst 85 but fin­ished last, 29 shots be­hind, with his worst 72-hole score (302) in his PGA Tour ca­reer.

Woods wore his red shirt and played at the same pace. The only dif­fer­ence was he played as a sin­gle. LPGA

Suzann Pet­tersen birdied two of the last three holes to win the Man­ulife LPGA Clas­sic at Cam­bridge, Canada, for her 15th LPGA Tour victory and first since Oc­to­ber 2013 with a to­tal of 22un­der 266. Pet­tersen closed with a three-un­der 69 in windy con­di­tions for a on­e­stroke win over Brit­tany Lang at Whis­tle Bear Golf Club.

Pet­tersen blasted out of a green­side bunker to two feet on the par-five 16th to set up a birdie that tied Lang for the lead, then hit a five-iron to eight feet for an­other birdie on the 191-yard, par-three 17th. The 34-year-old Nor­we­gian parred the par-four 18th, hit­ting her long first putt to a foot. Cham­pi­ons

Mark Cal­cavec­chia won the Prin­ci­pal Char­ity Clas­sic for his third Cham­pi­ons Tour ti­tle, shoot­ing a three­un­der 69 for a one-stroke victory over Joe Du­rant and Brian Hen­ninger at Des Moines. Cal­cavec­chia never trailed dur­ing the fi­nal round at the Wakonda Club and fin­ished at 12-un­der 204.

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DAVID LING­MERTH didn’t sink this birdie putt, but he won the Me­mo­rial for his first PGA Tour ti­tle.

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