Lingmerth said his breakthrough victory earlier this season at the Memorial gave him the confidence he’d been searching for, but it was after an opening-round 69 last month at the Open Championship that he started to believe he had what it took to compete at a major.
Unfortunately for the Swede-turned-Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., resident he played the rest of the week in 3 over par, which makes his second-round 70 at Whistling Straits a victory of sorts.
“I got off to a good start at the Open, but very disappointed with how I continued my play that tournament,” said Lingmerth, who opened with a 67 on Thursday in difficult conditions at Whistling Straits. “To get two solid rounds in the first two here this week, it's a good feeling.”
Lingmerth took the early lead on Friday at the PGA at 7 under par, and despite his solid follow to Thursday’s round he still tempered his expectations for the weekend.
“There’s some scores to be had out there and I think my lead will probably not last too long,” he said. “I’ll hopefully be within reach after today and really looking forward to the next few days.”