David Lingmerth, from Sweden, leads the Quicken Loans National after the first round at TPC Potomac.
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David carded -5 under par 65 in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National, to sit on top of the leaderboard by one shot.
David was happy to hit 12 of 14 fairways today, and putting well;
“I feel like that’s kind of one of my strengths, a thing I pride myself in, hitting a lot of fairways.”
“I like this type of golf course when you can see the definition, you can zone in on your targets. You’ve really got to stay committed off the tee.”
“I was able to hit a lot of fairways today which is key if you want to make some birdies.”
“I putted quite well as well. Those are the two main things out here, hit a lot of fairways and give yourself some chances and hopefully the putts will go in.”
Six players are tied in second place at -4 under par after their rounds of 66, Troy Merritt, Marc Leishman, Johnson Wagner, Sung Kang, Nick Taylor and Daniel Summerhays.
Marc feels the course is a lot like home;
“It’s getting pretty baked, which is great. It feels a lot like Melbourne, actually.”
“You can hear that real, you know, the hard sound when the ball hits the green.”
“You’ve got that purplish color, especially by the end of the day. It’s great. I’m enjoying it.”
Johnson has been struggling with good ball striking recently;
“I’ve just been struggling with really striking the golf ball the last few months.”
“Finally we hit something that really, I could repeat in my head out there today.”