Memorial champ Lingmerth tries to qualify for U.S. Open


COLUMBUS, Ohio – David Lingmerth needed 21 holes to secure his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the Memorial and he was back at work first thing Monday morning at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier.

The 27-year-old said he had dinner at Muirfield Village until about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday after surviving a three-hole playoff against Justin Rose and his alarm went off at 4:25 a.m. on Monday.

“My head was kind of crazy last night, so I probably got two hours of sleep,” Lingmerth said. “I tried to go to bed but it wasn’t working.”

On Sunday following his victory, Lingmerth wasn’t 100 percent committed to the 36-hole qualifier, but he made the decision to play despite an increasingly foreboding forecast.

“The rumor last night was this was going to be a wash out today and we’d play Tuesday,” he said. “We waited it out and it seemed like it wasn’t true. I was ready to go anyway.”

Lingmerth was 2 over par on his opening nine at Brookside Golf & Country Club but rallied coming in with birdies at Nos. 12, 13 and 15 to finish with a 1-under 71 before heading over to the Lakes Golf & Country Club for his afternoon round.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be mentally ready for it,” said Lingmerth, who is not playing this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. “I don’t know if I am now. It was a rough go, especially on the front nine. I played a little better on the back.”