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Short game saves Lingmerth (67) at Firestone

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AKRON, Ohio – The swing wasn’t cooperating, but thankfully for David Lingmerth, his short game showed up in a big way Friday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

The Swede found only 6 of 18 greens during his second round at Firestone Country Club, but some adept wedge work helped him card a 3-under 67, good enough for a share of the low round of the day amid difficult conditions.

Lingmerth needed only 21 putts to complete his round and got things going with a chip-in for birdie from 20 yards on No. 5.

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“Today was a scrambling sort of day for me,” Lingmerth said. “I putted really well. I chipped well around the greens. I wasn’t able to strike the ball as well as I have been the last few months, really. I’m going to go to the range and work on that a little bit, but I’m really glad I scored the way I did.”

One day after current Memorial champ William McGirt took the early lead, Lingmerth now trails by a single shot one year after he earned his first and, to date, only PGA Tour title just down the road at Muirfield Village.

“Ohio is a special place,” he said. “I don’t know really, but the courses do have some similarities. I feel you’ve got to be really strong off the tee because it’s penalizing if you can’t keep it in the short grass.”