Lee, Lingmerth team up for Zurich Classic
April 15, 2017
By Mark Williams, PGATOUR.COM
- Danny Lee took advantage of his pairing with David Lingmerth at the ISPS HANDA World Cup, when they agreed to team for this year's Zurich Classic. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
When he saw what was happening, Danny Lee knew he needed to make a move.
Lee, playing for New Zealand at last year’s ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Australia, was impressed while paired with David Lingmerth, who was representing Sweden.
“David was shooting something like 8-under so I quietly asked him if he’d mind teaming up with me at the Zurich Classic,” Lee said. “I just thought we’d be a great partner for each other and he agreed. That’s how it started.”
Lingmerth didn’t hesitate to accept Lee’s offer and really looks forward to playing with Lee in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which will utilize a new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana on April 24-30.
“At the World Cup, we were playing the same format as the Zurich Classic – alternate shot and best ball – and we were having a good time so we just decided to go for it,” Lingmerth said. “I know Danny is a really good player and I think we have potential to win tournaments when we are out here on TOUR and hopefully we can do it together in New Orleans at the Zurich Classic.”
Although the pair have played together a few times in tournaments, they have yet to have practice rounds together. When those practice rounds eventually happen, as well as the actual tournament, you can guarantee they will be an entertaining team with plenty of laughs.
“Everybody who asks me about people out here on TOUR, I tell them that Danny might be the funniest guy out here,” Lingmerth said. “He’s hilarious. He comes out with some great comments every now and then and he makes you smile when you see him so I’m looking forward to spending some time with him at the Zurich Classic.”
“David’s funny sometimes,” Lee added with a cheeky smile. “He’s a super-nice guy. That’s why I picked him.”
Lee shared an additional reason he selected Lingmerth to be his teammate at the Zurich Classic.
“I think we are both very sharp ball-strikers and I think if we get the putter rolling we can both do some good damage,” he said.
Lingmerth ranked 39th in the ball striking statistical category on the PGA TOUR last season, while Lee owns an average of 65.95 percent for greens in regulation over the last six years.
Laughter and low scores could be a winning combination.