Player of the week
David Lingmerth. While most everyone else was focused on the battle royale brewing between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, or who would find the water at No. 17, Lingmerth quietly went about his business at the Players Championship. The obscure PGA Tour rookie came into the week ranked No. 162 in the world. He left it ranked 91st after his tie for second, and impressively handled the pressure of being in contention on the weekend in the tour’s signature event.
You can look at this stat two ways: Out of 77 players who made the cut at the Players, Tiger Woods was 67th in total distance of putts made (239 feet, 9 inches). Which means either he didn’t putt great at TPC Sawgrass — scary thought — or he was hitting his approach shots much closer to the hole than everybody else.
Here’s how Woods fared in other categories, and who led the field:
Driving distance: 288.4 yards, 22d (Louis Oosthuizen, 300.6)
Fairways hit: 38 of 56, T19 (Roberto Castro, Boo Weekley, 47 of 56)
Greens in regulation: 55 of 72, T3 (Matt Every, 57 of 72)
Strokes gained-putting: 0.458, 38th (Martin Laird, 2.052)
Birdies: 18, T15 (Brandt Snedeker, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Andres Romero, all with 21)
Night to remember
In need of a feel-good story, and looking for someone new to root for? Meet LPGA Tour player Belen Mozo. The 24-year-old from Spain escorted Alex Notte to his high school prom in Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend. Notte, a senior at Bearden High School who has a neuro-developmental disability, met Mozo at an LPGA event two years ago, a meeting that prompted him to take up golf. With the help of his sister, he made a video asking Mozo to the prom, and uploaded it to YouTube and Mozo’s Facebook page. She quickly accepted, noting that she’d never been to a prom (“We don’t have them in Europe”). Mozo participated in a golf clinic benefiting the Special Olympics earlier in the day, then made the senior prom experience for one lucky young man very special.
Quote of the week
“I’m not going to lie. He’s not my favorite player to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on tour.”
— Sergio Garcia, in an interview with Sky Sports, referring to Tiger Woods.