Lingmerth beats Rose in Memorial playoff

David Lingmerth beat Justin Rose in a playoff at the Memorial Tournament

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David Lingmerth wins the Memorial Tournament
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Sweden’s David Lingmerth came through a sudden-death playoff against England’s Justin Rose to win the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village GC.

Sweden’s David Lingmerth came through a sudden-death playoff against England’s Justin Rose to win the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village GC.

After both Lingmerth and Rose finished on four-round totals of 273, the pair returned to the 18th to settle the event through extra holes. On the first attempt, Rose holed an excellent putt that looked like it might be a winner for the Englishman, but Lingmerth calmly followed him in to keep things going.

The Swede then got up-and-down from a bunker on the second extra hole to stay alive. On the third extra hole, this time the 10th, Rose drove into thick rough then fired into the gallery. He pitched on to the green and missed his par putt. Lingmerth got down in two from some 45 feet to take the title.

"I can't believe it," the 27-year-old Swede said. "I'm so happy right now I don't know where to go."

Rose might have won the event in regulation play but for a scrappy finish. He cancelled a bogey on the 14th with a birdie on the 15th and repeated the bounceback with bogey on the 16th and birdie on the 17th.

On the 72nd hole, Rose needed par to make the playoff. His drive went into a bunker and he shanked his second shot, it bounced off a spectator’s head and into thick rough. From there, the Englishman played a superb pitch to within feet of the cup and he holed out for his par.

Jordan Spieth played an excellent final round of 65 to climb the board and end the week in a tie for third with Italy’s Francesco Molinari.

After a career-high round of 85 on Saturday, Tiger Woods played the final round alone in front of the field. He carded a 74, but was able to look forward to the U.S. Open in two weeks time.

“Hopefully in two weeks' time, things will be a lot better and I'll be ready to try to win a U.S. Open," he said.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio Jun 4-7 Purse: $6,200,000, par 72

1    David Lingmerth (Swe)    67    65    72    69    273    $1,116,000 2    Justin Rose (Eng)        68    67    66    72    273    $669,600 T3    Francesco Molinari (Ita)    68    67    69    71    275    $359,600 T3    Jordan Spieth (USA)    68    70    72    65    275    $359,600 T5    Jim Furyk (USA)        69    66    70    70    276    $226,300 T5    Marc Leishman (Aus)    69    67    71    69    276    $226,300 T5    Hideki Matsuyama (Jap) 64    71    71    70    276    $226,300 T8    Keegan Bradley (USA)    68    74    65    70    277    $179,800 T8    Tony Finau (USA)        71    66    73    67    277    $179,800 T8    Kevin Kisner (USA)    67    71    69    70    277    $179,800

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?