But Lingmerth, 27, apparently didn't entertain such thoughts. He felt like his time had arrived. So he dropped a 10-foot par putt on top of Rose's 20-footer and the playoff continued until the tough Swede prevailed, securing his first PGA Tour win.
"You win some, you lose some," Lingmerth said about playoffs. "But I didn't feel that it was my turn to lose this time."
Rose figured he had wrapped up his second Memorial title after his curling par putt died in the hole.
"I thought, 'Wow, I'm going to steal this one,'" said Rose, who held the 54-hole lead and closed with a 72. "But it wasn't to be."
Ranked 212th in the world a week ago and now 71st after his breakthrough, Lingmerth is playing in today's 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier at Brookside Golf & Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. He is one of about 120 players competing for 15 spots.
Lingmerth is currently 2-over par and a long way from qualifying. Today might not be his turn in the same way yesterday was, but I'm sure he'll keep grinding until he runs out of holes.