David Lingmerth wins the Memorial Tournament in play-off against Justin Rose at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
David shot a last round – 3 under par 69 to equal the Memorial Tournament total of Justin Rose at -15 under par, setting up a play-off for the title.
The three-hole playoff was the longest in Memorial Tournament history and with David having lost his previous two play-offs. Sweden has won on the European Tour and PGA this week a first time event I think. David gave credit to his Uncle for getting him to play golf in the first place. He spoke about the 20ft putt that Justin dropped in at the first play-off hole, thinking before that he could win the tournament right there, and then he had to sink his 10 footer just to stay in it;
“It’s an honor being here, and winning is surreal.”
“If I didn’t have him, I might not even have played golf, he’s pushed me and tried to get me to the mindset that I can do whatever I set my mind to.”
“Playoffs are exciting and my heart was beating, but I think I handled it pretty well.”
”I was thinking to myself that I’d probably have a putt to win the tournament right there,’ and then he drops it in, and this big, huge roar.”
“Crazy feeling. So I took a few moments just to let the crowd and myself calm down because I knew how big that next putt was going to be.”
“I’ve been in a few playoffs. You win some, you lose some. But I didn’t feel that it was my turn to lose this time. I was telling myself that I was going to make that putt.”
Justin lost a three shot lead at the start of play, he talked about David making that putt and the poor drive on the 3rd play-off hole that lead to defeat;
”He needs to look back at that putt that kept it going on the first extra hole, he did everything he needed to.”
“I hit pretty much as good a shot as I could hit from the lie, I just tried to dig out a 3-wood.”
“I was trying to get it in the left bunker, and I couldn’t quite get enough cut on it to get it to the left bunker. But I was pretty much aiming 80 yards left of the green.”
”When I made that putt on the first extra hole, I thought, wow, I’m going to steal this one, but it wasn’t to be.”
Jordan said the Golfing Gods were not with him today;
“The golf gods were not on my side today.”
“They were certainly a little nicer today than they have been. But I would call it kind of evening out over the day.”
“On a course like this, you’re going to get some unlucky breaks more than you will catch good ones just given how tough it is.”
Best not to ask about Tiger Woods who obviously finished in last place, by a long shot.