- Swede denies Justin Rose at third extra hole of play-off
- Victory is 27-year-old's first PGA Tour triumph
- "This is a pretty special feeling," says new champion
David Lingmerth held off Justin Rose to win his first PGA Tour title at the Memorial Tournament, then grinned: “I’m pretty thrilled.”
Swedish ace Lingmerth, 27, denied former US Open champion Rose at the third extra hole of a sudden-death play-off.
After both players parred the first two holes of the shoot-out, Rose found the rough on the right with his tee shot at the third, Murifield Village’s tenth hole. Blocked out by trees, his approach flew long and left of the green, with Lingmerth safely on in two. With Rose unable to do any better than a bogey after chipping on and then drilling his par putt past the hole, Lingmerth had the luxury of two-putting for the title, which he duly managed.
“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 another thing to be a winner out here,” he said after being presented with his trophy by tournament host Jack Nicklaus. “Just to be on that list of PGA Tour winners is a special feeling and something that no one can take away from me. So I'm pretty happy about that.
“And this tournament, with Mr. Nicklaus as host, I can't think of many other tournaments that would be put above this one.”
"It would have been lovely to have won.” - Justin Rose
For Rose, above, the defeat was particularly sore given that he'd started the final round with a three-shot lead and was looking to claim his second Memorial victory.
“I poured my heart out, I just didn’t play well,” said the 34-year-old. “I made just one too many bogeys today. I was proud of the way I fought back and the whole day was just clawing back into contention. It would have been lovely to have won.”
Meanwhile, Lingmerth’s victory was the icing on the cake of a sensational day for for Swedish golfers, with compatriot Alex Noren, above, winning the Nordea Masters on home turf.
Noren, 32, carded a final round 71 to win the title for the second time at PGA National in Malmo. The victory was his fourth on the European Tour and his first since the first of his two Nordea Masters titles four years ago.
David Lingmerth :: A major prospect?
Sweden is still on the look-out for its first male major winner. But, on the back of this win and with the first round of the US Open just over a week away, could David Lingmerth be the man to break that duck? Leave your thoughts in our 'Comments' section below.