St. Jude Classic Preview: Big Names Missing
St. Jude Classic Preview: Big Names Missing

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There are any number of ways that a golfer can break through for his first win on the PGA Tour. The most common method is that of the bumbling oaf who struggles to accomplish the easiest of tasks, such as hitting the ball straight or making a three-foot-putt. This, of course, is due to the enormous amount of pressure and the player realizing just what a victory means to his future success.

Not all first-timers travel that particular road to success, however. There are, from time to time, a few guys who go well beyond just hanging on to victory; they actually win in style. David Lingmerth is one that comes to mind when thinking about those that captured their first win in style. Lingmerth started the day as the hunter, which always helps, but the only problem was his prey, Justin Rose, who is a very accomplished player and many, including yours truly, thought this event was over before the final round even started. But Lingmerth would have his say.

Lingmerth's position, a few strokes back entering the round, lent itself to cover as virtually no eyes were on him during most of the final round. He did, however, take the lead near the end of the final round, which put him in the precarious spot of playing while in the lead. Lingmerth didn't exactly thrive in that position, but he did what was needed to force a playoff. It was in that playoff where he showed what he

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Greg Vara
Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year in 2005 and 2013. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.
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