StatsJune 8, 2015

Why did David Lingmerth win the Memorial? He mastered Muirfield Village's par 3s

Par 5s are usually the holes we think about for tour pros separating themselves from the rest of the field during a given week. But at the Memorial, it was Muirfield Village's shortest holes where David Lingmerth made his biggest move on the leader board.

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For the week, Lingmerth finished first in scoring (six under par) on Muirfield's par 3s, which are No. 4 (200 yards), No. 8 (182), No. 12 (166) and No. 16 (200). That comes out to a 2.63 average per par 3, nearly a half shot better than the field's average (3.11) for the week. That means Lingmerth picked up about two full strokes per round on his competition during the event on the par 3s alone.

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Over the four rounds, Lingmerth didn't record one bogey on a par 3, while racking up six birdies. None was bigger than the 2 he made on the short, but dangerous 12th during the final round.

Lingmerth then made a clutch up-and-down for par on No. 16. Meanwhile, his closest pursuers -- Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari -- saw their chances to win take a hit on that hole with a bogey and a double bogey, respectively.

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Playing par 3s well isn't unusual for Lingmerth, who ranks 16th on the PGA Tour this season in par 3 scoring at an even 3.00 average. What's interesting, though, is that his proximity to the hole stats from the distances of Muirfield's par 3s are just mediocre. The Swede ranks 68th from 150-175 yards, 80th from 175-200 yards, and 74th from 200-plus when it comes to hitting his approach shots close.

Of course, when you're putter is on, that makes up for a lot. Lingmerth ranked third at the Memorial in strokes gained/putting. If he can keep that up, he won't be stuck on one PGA Tour title for too long.

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