David Lingmerth narrowly missed a PGA Tour card in his rookie season on the Web.com Tour. He has put himself in position to atone for that near-miss as the tour hits its homestretch.
Lingmerth bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 in the final round of last year’s season finale, the Web.com Tour Championship, and missed his PGA Tour card by one shot.
“I missed a couple shots coming in for whatever reason. It sucked a little bit. I’ll be all right,” Lingmerth said after the Tour Championship.
Things are all right, indeed.
A runner-up finish at this year’s United Leasing Championship has the 25-year-old at No. 25 on this year’s money list with seven events remaining. The top 25 at season’s end earn PGA Tour cards. The Web.com Tour is off this week.
Next week’s Albertsons Boise Open, a tour stop since the inaugural season of 1990, has a $725,000 purse, the fourth-largest of the season.
Lingmerth made an eleventh-hour rally in 2011 – finishing third in the season’s final two events – to nearly graduate in his first Web.com Tour season. His third-place finish at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open moved him from 75th to 50th on the money list. The money list’s top 60 qualified for the next week’s Tour Championship.
He worked his way into second place during the Tour Championship’s final round and was on pace to earn his PGA Tour card before those bogeys at 15 and 16.
As always happens when players are competing with their careers on the line, strange things started to unfold. Lingmerth, who needed to finish solo third or better to earn his PGA Tour card, was fourth when he finished his round. Then Daniel Chopra hit his tee shot out-of-bounds at 18 to make double bogey and drop into a tie with Lingmerth. If Scott Brown played the final two holes in 1 over par, Lingmerth’s increase in earnings would’ve been enough to bump Billy Hurley out of the money list’s top 25.
Brown’s approach to the 17th hole bounded into a bad lie behind the green. He left his chip shot about 10 feet short, but made the putt before making birdie on No. 18.
Lingmerth has made barely half the cuts in his Web.com Tour career (23 of 45), but is adept at securing a high finish when he does make the weekend. He has eight top-10 finishes, including his playoff loss to Peter Tomasulo at this year’s United Leasing Championship.
Lingmerth, of Tranas, Sweden, played collegiate golf at Arkansas, and made the quarterfinals of the 2009 U.S. Amateur. He turned pro in 2010, advancing to Q-School finals in his first attempt. He finished T-59 to earn Web.com Tour status.
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MAKING THE CASEY: Casey Wittenberg tied for 19th in the Mylan Classic to overtake the No. 1 position on the Web.com Tour money list. His $7,800 paycheck put him $3,232 ahead of No. 2 Luke List, who didn’t play last week. Wittenberg has held the top spot after four tournaments this year, while List has led after five.
Ben Kohles is No. 3, earning $286,875 in just four starts. He finished fifth at the Mylan Classic, his third top-5. He won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Classic and Cox Classic, his first two starts as a professional.
Robert Streb, the Mylan Classic winner, moved to No. 4 on the money list ($253,491) after starting the week at 23rd. The Web.com Tour rookie has finished T-6, T-8, T-41 and first in his past four starts.
The Web.com Tour’s leading money winner earns a spot in the next year’s Players Championship and better status than the other 24 Web.com Tour graduates.
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HOT, HOT, HOT: Matt Weibring is on quite the hot streak. He has finished T-15, T-4, T-10 and T-2 in his past four tournaments. He was No. 208 on the Web.com Tour money list on July 11. He now ranks 39th, with $105,251. He has earned $91,812 in his past four starts and is now $35,792 behind No. 25 David Lingmerth.
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BRINGING THE FUNK: Fred Funk, a former Players champion and Ponte Vedra Beach resident, will make his first Web.com Tour start next month (Oct. 25-28) in front of family and friends at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open at TPC Sawgrass/Dye’s Valley Course.
“I’ve seen the evolution of the Web.com Tour over the years and been incredibly impressed by it,” said Funk, 56. “I can’t wait to tee it up alongside the future stars of the PGA Tour.”
Were he to capture the Winn-Dixie title, he would become the seventh player to win an event on the PGA, Web.com and Champions tours.