DUBLIN, Ohio – What does David Lingmerth get for winning the Memorial? How about an early wake-up call.
Lingmerth earned a three-year exemption for his playoff victory over Justin Rose, and gained entry into events like the Masters, the PGA Championship and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in the process. He is not, however, in the U.S. Open, and instead is slated to tee off at 7:20 a.m. Monday at the sectional qualifier in Columbus.
“We kind of joked about it a little bit, me and my caddie all day, about the qualifying tomorrow,” Lingmerth said. “He was saying, ‘Why do we have to play extra holes? We’re going to play 36 tomorrow.’”
Lingmerth entered the week at No. 212 in the world rankings, and even a victory at Muirfield Village won’t be enough to push him high enough in the OWGR to get an exemption to Chambers Bay. He’ll instead need to earn a spot from the 120-man qualifier, although a dismal weather forecast means it will likely spill into Tuesday.
While a variety of factors, including the forecast, have led to 19 players withdrawing from the Columbus sectional, Lingmerth still plans to give it a shot – for now.
“We’ll see how tomorrow goes,” he said. “As of now, I guess I’m still going to try to qualify.”