For the first three rounds of the QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL, David Lingmerth looked unbeatable, but on his way to the Potomac, Md. course on Sunday, he forgot something: his golf game.
Apparently trusting weather reports on Sunday calling for zero chance of rain, a huge gallery showed up to watch final-round action.
They would not see much of Lingmerth, as he bogeyed the very first hole and steadily lost his 54-hole lead from there.
Not that there wasn’t plenty of drama. By the pivotal 10th hole, five golfers were tied for the lead. Lingmerth was the first to fade. As if the course was not enough of an obstacle, Sung Kang also had his competitive fire doused by the one major cloudburst of the day with no raingear or umbrella in his bag. You can bet that Kang will make sure that his caddy puts raingear in his bag regardless of forecasts from now on.
By the conclusion of regulation, only Charles Howell III and Kyle Stanley remained, setting up the Playoff.
When Howell left his first shot wide of the hole, Stanley drained his putt for the win. After shooting a 7-under par 273 for his second career PGA WIN, the droplets on Stanley’s face was not rain, but tears of joy.
CHARLES HOWELL III.