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Winners & Losers: Lingmerth Wins the Memorial, Tiger Blows Up

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The summer is heating up and the golf world’s best were teeing it up the world over this week. With the PGA, LPGA and European Tours all in action, there were plenty of great shots, big wins and epic performances — but there were also plenty of folks who enter Monday wondering what went wrong. Here are this past week’s winners and losers from the world of golf:

Losers

June. 20, 2010; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Tiger Woods reacts after hitting his shot on the 17th hole during the Fourth Round of the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo by ALLAN HENRY / GOLF CHRONICLES)
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Tiger Woods: Where have you gone, Tiger Woods? It wasn’t that long ago that Woods put together a five win season or that people still thought his breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors was inevitable. Now, it seems like every week he plays there’s speculation about whether or not Woods will ever win again, let alone in a major. On Saturday, Woods shot 85 — the worst round of his professional career. He bounced back with a Sunday 74, but still finished at +14 for the week at the Memorial — a tournament he’s won five times. NEXT: The Rule of 10

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Matty Blake’s “Rule of 10”: Comedian Matty Blake told me to pay attention to guys and gals that shoot super low numbers on Thursday — because they’re probably going to shoot ten shots worse the next day. Oddly enough, there were a number of really good players who followed truly great rounds with terrible ones this week. I already mentioned Tiger — he shot 70 on Friday and followed that up with 85 on Saturday — but his niece, Cheyenne Woods, had a similar experience this week. She opened with a 63 at the Manulife LPGA Classic, but stumbled to a 73 on Friday and never righted the ship, finishing T-54. Kevin Streelman went from being in contention at Jack’s tournament with a 65 on Saturday to a run-of-the-mill 75 on Sunday and an 18th place finish. Even Phil Mickelson wasn’t immune from the big numbers this week — shooting 68-78 over Friday and Saturday. NEXT: Dufner Stumbles

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Jason Dufner: Jason Dufner used to be on the most feared players on tour every week, but since his win at the 2013 PGA Championship, his name hasn’t come up too often unless its concerning his ex-wife, Amanda. Last week, He put together a solid run at the AT&T Byron Nelson, finishing T-8. On Thursday and Friday at the Memorial, it looked like Dufner was back in control. He shot 66-67 the first two days, but struggled to find that form again on the weekend, stumbling to rounds of 74 and 75 and notching only a T-24 finish. Not bad, but disappointing considering the hot start. NEXT: Winners

 

Winners

Jack Nicklaus, right, presents David Lingmerth, of Sweden, with the trophy after Lingmerth won the Memorial golf tournament in a three-hole playoff Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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David Lingmerth: It’s been a long time coming for David Lingmerth, but the Swede finally prevailed in a PGA Tour event on Sunday at the Memorial. Lingmerth held on to beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to earn career win No. 1. With the win, Lingmerth earns a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a birth in the PGA Championship this fall and an invitation to his first Masters Tournament next April. Lingmerth said of the win, “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.” NEXT: The Open’s New Home

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NBC Sports Group: The Open Championship will be on TV in 2017, but who would be bringing golf fans the action has been a curious topic in recent months. Now, we have an answer. NBC Sports Group and the R&A announced a 12-year deal to broadcast the Open Championship in the United States beginning in 2017. R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said of the move, “[NBC Sports Group] have unparalleled experience in golf and have demonstrated a genuine desire to showcase and promote The Open and the R&A’s elite championships through their extensive range of channels and digital platforms.” NEXT: Big Tipper

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Big Tipper: Phil Mickelson is a legendary tipper. It’s not uncommon for Lefty to leave four figures for locker room attendants or to drop c-note’s in the hands of gallery members he hits. This week, Lefty’s generosity was once again on full display. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Mickelson stopped by a lemonade stand on the way to the course to buy a $1 glass of lemonade. He handed the kids a $100 bill and said, “keep the change.”

Written by BP Staff

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