New Zealand’s Danny Lee will have to come out firing overnight after an opening-round even-par 70 has him five shots behind leader David Lingmerth at the Quicken Loans National.
Lingmerth got off to a fast start at the Memorial Tournament a few weeks ago, posting an opening round 65 to grab a share of the lead. What followed were rounds of 74, 71 and 73 that saw him fall out of the top-10 and ultimately finish T-15.
He finds himself in a similar position today, in the lead after carding a first-round five-under 65 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. The Swede, in pursuit of his second victory on the US PGA Tour, will need to avoid the falloff he had at Muirfield Village.
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Lingmerth, 29, began his round on the back nine, where he made four birdies in his first six holes, including three in a row from the 13th through 15th holes. By the time he made it to the par-3 ninth (his 18th), he had added three more to get to six-under. That’s when he flinched, missing the green with his tee shot and making his second bogey of the day.
While Lingmerth hasn’t finished inside the top-10 once this season, he’s put together a solid stretch in recent months. After missing two straight cuts in April, he’s played the weekend seven tournaments in a row and finished inside the top-25 in five of those. It’s his fourth appearance in the event, where he finished in solo third in 2015.
Six players are one shot back at four-under, including reigning Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Marc Leishman, who shot a bogey-free 66. In addition to his victory, the Victorian’s strong 2016-2017 campaign has featured three top-10s, 10 top-25s and just two missed cuts in 17 starts. He’s making his eighth appearance in the Quicken Loans National, an event he’s finished inside the top-10 in twice.
Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, are just two back at three-under.