DUBLIN, Ohio – David Lingmerth has been plagued by slow starts this season, and after the first few holes of the Memorial it appeared this week would be no different.
Lingmerth was 2 over after six holes, seemingly headed for what would be his fifth missed cut in the last six starts. Instead, the diminutive Swede turned things around in a big way.
Lingmerth rallied to shoot an opening 67, then built upon that momentum with a 7-under 65 in the second round to take the tournament lead. He has not dropped a shot since his rocky start, playing the last 30 holes in 14 under.
“All of a sudden I just started playing the way I know I can,” Lingmerth said. “I’m feeling good about the way I’m progressing with everything, technique and mentally and everything. So hopefully I can keep it going this weekend.”
Lingmerth notably finished T-2 behind Tiger Woods at the 2013 Players Championship, but after struggling last season he had to survive Web.com Tour Finals to regain his card. He has made nine of 18 cuts this season, with his best result a T-13 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Lingmerth is making his third appearance at Muirfield Village, but he hadn’t broken 70 until Thursday’s opening round.
“I’ve always liked this place, but I didn’t really know that it was really suiting my game that great,” he said. “Just with where I’ve been trending technically and mentally, I was ready to have a good week here. If not this week, then pretty soon.”
Lingmerth also lost in a playoff at the 2013 Humana Challenge, and he plans to rely on his past brushes with the lead to prepare him for the spotlight this weekend.
“It was a little while ago since I was in contention last, but I’ve been there and I know I can handle it,” he said.