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Lingmerth Gets in Late, is Among Early Leaders

June 16, 2022 - 1:07 PM
David Lingmerth seems to love tough U.S. Open setups. The Swede carded a 67 on Thursday and hasn't finished lower than a tie for 21st in three previous starts. (USGA/Chris Keane)

So far, David Lingmerth is making the most of an unexpected opportunity. The 34-year-old professional from Sweden held a share of the early lead and finished Round 1 at 3-under-par 67 after getting into the championship as an alternate. Lingmerth, a two-time All-America player at the University of Arkansas, got in on June 11 when 2014 champion Martin Kaymer withdrew due to injury. Speaking of injury, Lingmerth is a recreational hockey player who broke his kneecap when he collided with a teammate a few years ago. He has also dealt with two herniated discs in his neck and other ills. When he is able to get to the U.S. Open, he has a penchant for performing well. In three previous starts, the last in 2017, he has never finished worse than tied for 21st, with a top finish of 12th in 2016. Oh, and he has given up hockey for the time being.