Ling­merth shoots sec­ond 65 in row

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

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

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

Ling­merth (Ar­kan­sas Ra­zor­backs) used his re­li­able fade off the tee to avoid

trou­ble and set up birdie op­por­tu­ni­ties. He has gone 34 con­sec­u­tive 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 a 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 trick­led onto the green and set­tled in­side 2 feet.

Ling­merth 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.

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