PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – While plenty of big names gave chase to Tiger Woods this weekend at TPC Sawgrass, perhaps the most unlikely contender was the last man standing: David Lingmerth.
Refusing to fold under the pressure of a spot in the final pairing Sunday, the 25-year-old battled down the stretch and gave himself a chance to tie Woods with a birdie putt on the 72ndhole, ultimately tying for second.
“I felt good all day. I was in a good state of mind,” explained Lingmerth, who finished two shots behind Woods after an even-par 72 Sunday. “I felt like I was swinging it good and I had no worries.”
The runner-up finish was the second such result of the 2013 season for the unheralded rookie, who lost in a playoff at the Humana Challenge in January. In between those two peaks, however, has been a valley that included eight missed cuts in 10 starts.
“It’s a little bit of an improvement, that’s for sure,” Lingmerth said of his jump from five consecutive missed cuts to a six-figure payday. “When I’m on, I’m on.”
Despite coming up short of the ultimate prize, the Swede had no regrets about his finish – and no shortage of positives to take with him from Ponte Vedra Beach.
“It was a great week overall. I’m in it to win it,” he added. “A lot of big names were up on the leaderboard, so it’s fun to contend with those guys and I felt comfortable out there all day and all week.
“If I get that chance again, I hope I can take it to another level.”