May 11 2013
David Lingmerth birdies the eighth hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- PGA TOUR rookie David Lingmerth continues to hang tough through his first 14 holes as the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship winds down.
The 25-year-old Swede, who went to the University of Arkansas, is currently tied for third with Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, one stroke behind Henrik Stenson. He's proven quite resilient on Saturday, bouncing back from both his bogeys with birdies on the next hole and making four total.
The best finish by a rookie at THE PLAYERS are the ties for third Fulton Allem and Camilo Villegas posted in 1988 and 2006, respectively. Jeff Quinney tied for sixth in 2007 while Dave Rummells shared 10th in 1996.
Lingmerth is playing in his 12th TOUR event, and he posted his best finish in his second, a playoff loss at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. He has missed the cut in his last five starts, though.
Two players have made THE PLAYERS their first PGA TOUR victory -- Craig Perks in 2002 and Tim Clark in 2010.