Insider: Lingmerth confident first victory is not far off

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Lingmerth lost in a playoff to Peter Tomasulo at the United Leasing Championship for his best finish of the year.
July 11, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

David Lingmerth doesn't have time to play the drums anymore, mainly because he's busy carving out his career on the Web.com Tour.

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"When I was a little kid I started playing the drums and I enjoyed it when I did play but I didn't want to put the time into playing with a band," Lingmerth said.

He doesn't wonder what might have happened if he would have stuck with playing the drums.

"I could still play today if I wanted to but I'm not sure how good I would be," said Lingmerth, a 25-year-old former star at Arkansas.

Lingmerth is finding the right beat at the right time in his second full season on the Web.com Tour. He is coming off a four-hole playoff loss to Peter Tomasulo at the United Leasing Championship at Victoria National Golf Club but doesn't plan to dwell much on what could have been.

"I'm actually quite happy the way things have gone the last three weeks because I relied a lot on my short game last year," Lingmerth said. "I never really got into contention where I was making everything but so far this year when I've been in contention it's because of my ball striking."

The playoff loss was his best showing in 38 career Web.com Tour tournaments, and he's especially looking forward to this week's tournament. The Tour moves to the Utah Championship presented by the Utah Sports Commission and it's a place that Lingmerth, who is from Sweden, fell in love with last year.

During last year's Utah Championship Lingmerth tied for sixth.

"Utah was one of my favorite spots last year and I went into that tournament not playing so great but I tied for sixth and just loved the place," Lingmerth said. "I love Salt Lake and that was the first time I had been there."

Lingmerth came to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2007 from Sweden and has remained in Arkansas since embarking on his pro golf career. Getting back to Utah does bring back memories from his time growing up in Sweden.

"With all the mountains and all of that it really doesn't look like Sweden but with the atmosphere it kind of feels like Sweden," Lingmerth said.

What has been impressive for Lingmerth this season is how he's righted the ship after a disastrous five-tournament stretch where he missed five straight cuts. What made it such a mystery was he started out the season with a tie for 50th, a tie for ninth and a tie for 12th that put him inside the top 25 on the money list.

But when you miss five straight cuts you sink like a stone on the money list.

"I was inside the top 25 early in the year and then I just dove and went the wrong way," Lingmerth said. "I know how easy it is to get ahead of yourself in this game."

There's been no real shakeup in Lingmerth's game but says confidence has been his best friend of late.

"I've been playing good the last couple of weeks so if I can keep that up things will take care of themselves," Lingmerth said. "I'm not thinking about all of that (the money list position) and hopefully I can get it done."

Lingmerth is 23rd on the money list and is back inside the top 25 in his quest for a PGA TOUR card for 2013. But as he's already learned being inside the top 25 on the money list doesn't mean much at this stage of the season.

"I went through a tough time there and when you do that your confidence takes a hit," Lingmerth said. "My consistency and my ball striking just got a lot better."

He admits that his short game bailed him out last season in his rookie year on the Web.com Tour, but when his short game was missing in action earlier this season it was a lot more difficult to play.

"Last year I was pretty sharp around the greens," Lingmerth said. "So far this year I haven't been able to get back to that level of short game and when things weren't going too well I put a lot of pressure on myself."

Lingmerth had some good moments last season as a rookie but wound up 27th on the money list. He ranked 13th at the end of last season in putting average but is now 95th so he's needed to rely more on his ball-striking.

"I'm getting more comfortable around the greens and I've improved my ball-striking and it's paid off," Lingmerth said. "It's all coming together."

Despite Lingmerth being in just his second season on the Web.com Tour he's confident that a victory isn't far off.

"If I can get my short game where I want it and continue to hit the ball the way I'm hitting then I feel like I'm close to winning out there," Lingmerth said. "Hopefully I'll get a win soon."

John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 19 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at johndell@triad.rr.com.

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