Unheralded Lingmerth wins Memorial in playoff with Rose

Sun Jun 7, 2015 8:53pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Swede David Lingmerth, ranked 212th in the world, took down Justin Rose in a playoff to claim the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village on Sunday.

Lingmerth won for the first time on the PGA Tour after a par on the third sudden death hole was enough to beat 2013 U.S. Open champion and world number six Rose, with 18-time major champion and tournament host Jack Nicklaus looking on.

Tiger Woods shot a two-over 74, an 11-shot improvement on his career worst 85 on Saturday. The 39-year-old finished last at 14-over 302, the worst 72-hole total of his career.

For Lingmerth, the victory will live long in the memory.

“This is my third year on the PGA Tour, and it's one thing to be a PGA Tour player, but it's a whole other thing to be a winner out here,” he said.

“Just to be on that list of PGA Tour winners is a special feeling and something that no one can take away from me.

"And this tournament, with Mr. Nicklaus as host, I can't think of many other tournaments that would be put above this one so I'm pretty thrilled.”

Playing in the event instead of his home country's flagship event, the Swedish Masters, the 27-year-old shot a final round three-under 69 to finish at 15-under 273.   Continued...

David Lingmerth walks up the course to play the eighteenth green during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports