Lingmerth gets by Rose in a playoff
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.
DAVID LINGMERTH didn’t sink this birdie putt, but he won the Memorial for his first PGA Tour title.