Sweden’s David Lingmerth notched his first PGA Tour victory in a sudden death showdown over 2010 champ Justin Rose this weekend. Here’s a look at the numbers that made the difference.
7 & 7
Lingmerth made just seven bogeys all week while Rose, who started the day with a three-stroke lead, made seven on Sunday en route to an even par-72. In fact, Rose would have been putting for his eighth bogey of the day when Lingmerth drained the winning roll—a six foot knee-knocker for par on the tourney’s 75thhole.
Speaking of clutch, Lingmerth was just shy of perfect from close range all week, draining 58 of 59 putts from inside 8 feet, including three big pars in the playoff.
Lingmerth set the pace on the par-3s, playing them at 6-under over four rounds, topping the field and posting his career best mark in 68 Tour starts.
In four rounds at Muirfield Village, Lingmerth played the closing four holes at 7-under par, but unlike runner-up Rose, who also posted 7-under on the final four, the 27-year old Swede closed his rounds with no bogeys on the card.
Memorial is one of the Tour’s premiere events, which may explain why so many pros have used it as the site of their coming out party. Lingmerth is the sixth player to earn his first career win at Jack’s tourney, joining Keith Fergus (1981), Kenny Perry (1991), Tom Lehman (1994), Bart Bryant (2005), and this year’s runner up Justin Rose (2010).