Lingmerth outlasts Rose in playoff to win Memorial


David Lingmerth shot a final-round 69 and made a two-putt par on the third extra hole to beat Justin Rose in a playoff and win the Memorial. Here's what went down in overtime Sunday at Muirfield Village:

Leaderboard: Lingmerth (-15), Rose (-15), Francesco Molinari (-13), Jordan Spieth (-13), Marc Leishman (-12), Hideki Matsuyama (-12), Jim Furyk (-12)

What it means: This is Lingmerth’s first PGA Tour win and only his second professional victory following a win in 2012. His best previous results were a playoff loss at the Humana Challenge and a T-2 at the Players Championship in 2013. Three behind Rose through 54 holes, the 36-hole leader made five birdies against two bogeys and had a look at birdie on the 72nd green that would have given him the win in regulation. Alas, the putt wouldn’t fall, and Lingmerth watched as Rose made a miracle up-and-down from the right rough to tie him. After the two halved the 18th hole twice, Lingmerth finally claimed victory with a two-putt par on the par-4 10th. In 44 previous starts over the last two seasons, Lingmerth amassed a total $1,184, 729 in winnings; on Sunday, he walked away with $1.1 million. In addition to the first-place prize money, Lingmerth secured PGA Tour membership for the next three seasons.

Best of the rest: Three up to start the day, Rose struggled early, turned in 38, but made a back-nine charge, arriving at the 18th hole needing par to force a playoff. After shanking his second shot from the fairway bunker and hitting a fan, Rose got up and down from a buried lie 57 yards short of the green to make par, shoot even-par 72, and force extras. Rose looked as if he has won the Memorial for a second time when he holed a 20-foot par putt on the first playoff hole, only to be matched by Lingmerth. On the final hole, Rose hit his tee shot deep into the right rough, punched a shot far left of the green and ultimately failed to make another improbable par save. 

Round of the day: After feeling frustrated by an even-par 72 on Saturday, Jordan Spieth bounced back with a final-round 7-under 65. The Masters champ made six birdies and a chip-in eagle against a lone bogey and moved from 24th overnight into a tie for third.

Biggest disappointment: Francesco Molinari led by two shots on the front nine and found himself tied with Rose and Lingmerth at 15 under standing on the par-3 16th tee. Unfortunately, he would promptly put his ball in the water short of the green, made double bogey and finished two shots out of a playoff after a back-nine 38 and a final-round 71.

Shot of the day: He didn't win, but Rose deserves credit for his third shot from the cabbage on the 72nd hole.

Quote of the day: "I can't believe it right now. I'm so happy. I don't know where to go." - Lingmerth