RIO De JANEIRO, Brazil – Men’s golf made its return to the Olympic Games on Thursday and former Razorback David Lingmerth was part of it.
Lingmerth fired an opening round 2-under 32–37—69 and is tied for 11th place after the first round action at the Olympic Golf Course. He sits six shots back of the leader with three rounds remaining.
The former All-American is playing for his native Sweden this week and opened in some tough conditions. Winds in excess of 30 miles per hour and gusting saw the course move in and out of the cloud shadows all day.
Lingmerth started strong and was 3-under on the front nine. He opened with four consecutive pars before going birdie-eagle-birdie on holes 5-7 to card a 32 on the front nine.
He added his fifth birdie or better on No. 10 but gave back a couple strokes with bogeys on holes 11 and 17. Lingmerth hit 13 greens in regulation.
Play continues on Friday with coverage provided by Golf Channel from 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lingmerth entered the Olympics as the No. 14 seed in the field of 60 players and is ranked No. 51 in the latest world golf rankings. He has a 70.7 scoring average during the 2016 PGA Tour season with eight top-25 finishes, including back-to-back top-15 finishes at the U.S. Open (12th) and WGC-Bridgestone (T-7th). He also finished T-22nd at the PGA Championship.
Winner of the 2015 Memorial Tournament, Lingmerth was a two-time All-American at Arkansas, helping guide the Razorbacks to a 2009 NCAA Championship runner-up finish. He also has the fifth-best career stroke average in program history at 72.73.
Lingmerth also ranks third in Arkansas history with 20 top-10 finishes. He captured his lone collegiate win at the Battle of the Beach in 2010 with a final round 7-under 64 at the Pelican Hill Golf Club Ocean Course in Newport Coast, California.
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