Lingmerth's rally again ends in playoff loss


For the second time in the last four years, David Lingmerth left Palm Springs with a playoff loss.

Lingmerth began the day five shots behind Jason Dufner, but after shooting a final-round 65 the Swede forced extra holes at the CareerBuilder Challenge. While he appeared poised to earn his second career victory on the first extra hole, Dufner made a 12-foot putt to save par and extend the proceedings.

Lingmerth's approach on the next hole found the water, letting Dufner two-putt for par and the win.

"It wasn't really a bad swing, I don't think," Lingmerth said. "I should have probably choked up a little bit more on the grip, that would have probably helped me not have the grass grab it so much. So it turned the ball over and it was a really not a bad swing, just a small mistake that was very costly."

This marked Lingmerth's third playoff appearance in his last 16 PGA Tour starts. He defeated Justin Rose in sudden death to earn his maiden win at the Memorial, then followed with a playoff loss to Danny Lee at The Greenbrier Classic in July.

He also lost in a playoff at this event in 2013, where he fired a 62 in the final round before ultimately losing to Brian Gay.

"It's nice to come out here. The weather is always perfect for golf," he said. "If you're feeling good, if you're swinging it well and everything, it's pretty good. You can shoot some numbers out here, which is fun."

While Lingmerth leaves the desert with a healthy, six-figure paycheck, he also can take solace in the fact that he took a large step toward representing Sweden in the upcoming Olympics. Lingmerth began the week at No. 52 in the world rankings, 14 spots ahead of Kristoffer Broberg for the second and final potential roster slot for Sweden next to Henrik Stenson. After another overtime appearance, that gap should widen considerably.