David Lingmerth didn't crack over the final two hours Sunday at the Memorial, outlasting Justin Rose with a par on the third playoff hole at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, to win for the first time on the PGA Tour.
Showing great resolve and little emotion, Lingmerth gave a soft fist pump when his putt just inside 5 feet on the 10th green dropped. He earned every bit of that handshake with tournament host Jack Nicklaus.
"I can't believe it," the 27-year-old Swede said. "I'm so happy right now I don't know where to go."
He'll be going to the Masters next year for the first time — but not the U.S. Open in two weeks. Lingmerth moves to No. 71 in the world and still has to qualify Monday.
It was the longest playoff in 40 years of the Memorial, and it could have ended much earlier — or been avoided — if not for so many clutch moments.
Rose overcame a shank from a bunker on the 18th hole in regular and hit a 55-yard pitch out of deep rough to 3 feet to save par for an even-par 72 to force the playoff. On the 18th in the playoff, Rose holed a 20-foot par putt that went in from the right side of the cup. That looked as if it might be a winner until Lingmerth calmly sank a 10-foot putt to match his par.
On the 18th on the second extra hole, Lingmerth got up-and-down from a bunker.
It ended on the 10th hole when Rose when into deep rough, hit a fairway metal into the gallery, chipped 18 feet by the hole and missed his par putt. Lingmerth two-putted from 45 feet.
Lingmerth closed with a 69. So strong was his performance that he didn't make worse than par over his final 11 holes.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth closed with a 65 and wound up two shots behind in a tie for third with Francesco Molinari of Italy, who was tied for the lead until hitting into the water on the 16th for a double bogey. He shot 71.
Tiger Woods showed improvement — it was hard not to after a career-worst 85 on Saturday. He shot 74 and finished last, 29 shots behind, with his worst 72-hole score (302) in his PGA Tour career.
Spieth was nine shots behind going into the final day and could not have imagined having to spend an extra three hours in Ohio. He chipped in twice — for birdie on the par-5 seventh and for eagle on the par-5 15th — and closed with a birdie. He posted at 13-under 275 and stuck around all afternoon to see if it would be enough.
Suzann Pettersen birdied two of the last three holes to win the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Canada, for her 15th LPGA Tour victory and first since October 2013.
Pettersen closed with a three-under 69 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Brittany Lang at Whistle Bear Golf Club.
Pettersen blasted out of a greenside bunker to 2 feet on the par-five 16th to set up a birdie that tied Lang for the lead, then hit a five-iron to within eight feet for another birdie on the 191-yard, par-3 17th. The 34-year-old Norwegian parred the par-four 18th, hitting her long first putt to a foot.
Pettersen finished at 22-under 266. She ended a 35-event victory drought and is projected to jump from 10th to fifth in the world ranking.
Lang, the winner of the inaugural tournament in 2012 at Grey Silo in Waterloo, finished with a 65. She birdied Nos. 15-17 and closed with a par.
Alexander Noren clinched his second Nordea Masters title in Malmo, Sweden, shooting a one-under 71 to finish four shots ahead of last week's Irish Open winner, Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark.
The 32-year-old Swede easily protected his two-shot overnight lead, finishing with a 12-under total of 276. Kjeldsen also shot a final-round 71.
Max Kieffer of Germany, who was second going into the final round, had two straight double bogeys on the fourth and fifth hole and shot a 75, finishing in a tie for third.
Alexander Levy of France (71) and Swedish duo Jens Dantorp (74) and Sebastian Soderberg (74) also tied for third, six shots behind Noren.