Sweden’s David Lingmerth came through a sudden-death playoff against England’s Justin Rose to win the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village GC.

Sweden’s David Lingmerth came through a sudden-death playoff against England’s Justin Rose to win the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village GC.

After both Lingmerth and Rose finished on four-round totals of 273, the pair returned to the 18th to settle the event through extra holes. On the first attempt, Rose holed an excellent putt that looked like it might be a winner for the Englishman, but Lingmerth calmly followed him in to keep things going.

The Swede then got up-and-down from a bunker on the second extra hole to stay alive. On the third extra hole, this time the 10th, Rose drove into thick rough then fired into the gallery. He pitched on to the green and missed his par putt. Lingmerth got down in two from some 45 feet to take the title.

“I can’t believe it,” the 27-year-old Swede said. “I’m so happy right now I don’t know where to go.”

Rose might have won the event in regulation play but for a scrappy finish. He cancelled a bogey on the 14th with a birdie on the 15th and repeated the bounceback with bogey on the 16th and birdie on the 17th.

On the 72nd hole, Rose needed par to make the playoff. His drive went into a bunker and he shanked his second shot, it bounced off a spectator’s head and into thick rough. From there, the Englishman played a superb pitch to within feet of the cup and he holed out for his par.

Jordan Spieth played an excellent final round of 65 to climb the board and end the week in a tie for third with Italy’s Francesco Molinari.

After a career-high round of 85 on Saturday, Tiger Woods played the final round alone in front of the field. He carded a 74, but was able to look forward to the U.S. Open in two weeks time.

“Hopefully in two weeks’ time, things will be a lot better and I’ll be ready to try to win a U.S. Open,” he said.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
Jun 4-7
Purse: $6,200,000, par 72

1    David Lingmerth (Swe)    67    65    72    69    273    $1,116,000
2    Justin Rose (Eng)        68    67    66    72    273    $669,600
T3    Francesco Molinari (Ita)    68    67    69    71    275    $359,600
T3    Jordan Spieth (USA)    68    70    72    65    275    $359,600
T5    Jim Furyk (USA)        69    66    70    70    276    $226,300
T5    Marc Leishman (Aus)    69    67    71    69    276    $226,300
T5    Hideki Matsuyama (Jap) 64    71    71    70    276    $226,300
T8    Keegan Bradley (USA)    68    74    65    70    277    $179,800
T8    Tony Finau (USA)        71    66    73    67    277    $179,800
T8    Kevin Kisner (USA)    67    71    69    70    277    $179,800

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

  • RuariJM

    You didn’t mention anything about the disgusting behaviour of the spectator(s) who deliberately sought to distract Rose – and succeeded, on the 16th at least. That Bogey cost him the championship in normal time.

    Having said that, hats off to Lingmerth. He showed nerves of absolute steel in the closing holes and in the playoff. That final putt was nowhere near a gimme and he executed it perfectly.