Memorial win elevates Lingmerth's Ryder Cup hopes

Fri Aug 7, 2015 11:55am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) - A breakthrough victory at this year's Memorial Tournament cemented David Lingmerth's belief that he was "good enough" to compete at an elite level and the Swede now has his sights set on next year's Ryder Cup.

Lingmerth has climbed to a career-high 59 in the world rankings after a successful PGA Tour season highlighted by three top-10s in 23 starts and he would dearly love to represent Europe for the first time at Hazeltine National in late 2016.

"It's absolutely on my radar," the 28-year-old from Tranas told Reuters after carding an even-par 70 in the opening round of this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

"I'm still not a member of the European Tour, which I have to be to get Ryder Cup points, but I've talked to my manager about it. If I become an affiliate member after the Race to Dubai is over this fall, I can start earning Ryder Cup points.

"That's definitely something I am thinking about and I would be very honored to make that European team. It's one of my big-time goals."

Lingmerth, who clinched the Memorial title in June by beating Justin Rose in a playoff, accepts that his playing schedule for next year will need a lot of tweaking if he plans to compete on both the European and U.S. circuits.

"It would definitely change but just having that win at the Memorial and having a free year, so to speak, here on the PGA Tour makes me a feel a lot better about trying to pursue that Ryder Cup team," said the Swede.

"So I'm going to give it a go."   Continued...

David Lingmerth hits a shot from the bunker on the 8th hole in the third round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville August 1, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports