Memorial Tournament: 5 sleeper picks for Muirfield Village

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David Lingmerth — No. 120

This Swede has always been a feast-or-famine sort of player — in four-plus seasons on the PGA TOUR, Lingmerth has accumulated just 11 top 10 finishes, but four of those have gone for either first or second, making him a sporadically dangerous presence. 2017 hasn’t been his best year to this point, but he seems bound to crash the first page of a leaderboard sooner or later.

As the winner of the 2015 Memorial Tournament, Lingmerth should be looking forward to this week’s event. The 29-year-old absolutely torched Muirfield Village two years ago, shooting three rounds in the 60s before taking down Justin Rose in a sudden death playoff. On top of that, his form is now better than it’s been in months, notching a pair of top 20 finishes, including a tie for 12th at the Dean and DeLuca Invitational, in his last three starts. At 26th on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained: putting, he can bail himself out with the flatstick.

Lingmerth might not be the most consistent player out there, but his course history and improved form should give him major boosts this week. With a few lucky bounces, he could become the first player since Tiger Woods to win two Memorial Tournament trophies in three years.