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

June 08, 2015

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.

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.