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Troy Merritt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, Troy Merritt and Robert Streb bogeyed the par-4 12th but otherwise painted a 10-under-par 31-31=62 for a 36-hole tally of 13-under 131, up eight places on the live leaderboard to T3, two in arrears of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.
The duo is the sixth team to post 62 in Day 2 four-ball action, while Tyrone Van Aswegen and Retief Goosen fired a week-low 60 just before them. Merritt didn't record a score on eight of his holes, but did contribute three birdies at holes 14, 2 and 6, two of those kick ins and beginning with a pitch-in 2 at the 14th from 68'2" away. Streb did the lion's share of the lifting, carding birdies at 13, 15, 17, 18, 5, 7 and 8, two from between 13 and 15 feet with a long of 24'9" at the par-3 17th. Streb also added a pitch-in 3 at the par-4 15th from 77'5" right of the target. Apr 28 - 7:18 PM

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Playing foursomes on day one of the Zurich Classic, Troy Merritt and Robert Streb pieced together a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to find themselves inside the top 10 on the early leaderboard.

This team arrived without much form but Streb entered a T2 (2014) on his Zurich resume and Merritt posted a solo third in his 2010 Zurich debut. That course history paid off early today, as they circled birdies in three of their first four holes, including a 19-foot birdie splash at the par-4 first hole. The momentum was halted when Streb missed from 2'9" but they still managed three more birdies to offset another pair of bogeys from that point on. This pairing will now prep for best ball on day two of the Zurich Classic.
Apr 27 - 3:34 PM

Troy Merritt rallied late to record a 5-under-par 31-36=67 during round one of the Shell Houston Open, heading into Friday just three strokes off the pace.

Merritt opened on the 10th tee and swallowed back-to-back bogeys to kick off his week. He didn't give up there, battling through mud balls and an occasional gust of wind as well. Merritt started the rally when he holed out for birdie at the par-4 18th (35'2") just before the turn. After that, the flood gates opened as he circled five birdies in a six hole stretch, starting at the par-4 third. All five of the birdie splashes came from inside seven feet, so it was very much aided by solid ball-striking. The Boise State product arrived with four straight finishes outside the top 50 but he's off to the races this week in Humble, Texas.
Mar 30 - 8:05 PM

With conditions ruled unplayable, round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has been suspended for the day, with play set to resume at 7:30 a.m. PST on Friday morning.

When the weather horn sounded at 1:34 p.m. PST, there were 81 golfers stranded. They will remain stranded until Friday morning. One of the golfers that did manage to finish his round was Troy Merritt who styled a 2-under-par 37-33=70 while taking on Spyglass Hill Golf Course. The Boise State product entered the week with a 0-for-5 record at this event. What first looked like an advantage to be done for the day, Merritt may be wishing play was called sooner. He bogeyed three of his final four holes coming into the clubhouse, while the 81 golfers stranded will return in much calmer conditions Friday morning.
Feb 9 - 5:49 PM

Troy Merritt ranks 69th in the FedExCup standings ahead of this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Boise State product posted a pair of top 15s during the fall schedule, opening the season with a T15 at the Safeway Open and backing it up with a T11 at the Sanderson Farms. Merritt found himself T12 after 36 holes in his next event (Shriners) but slid to T48 by week's end and missed the cut at The RSM Classic just before the holiday break. That suggests his good form may have disappeared. His track record at Waialae Country Club has been hit-or-miss, posting a T20 (2010) and T30 (2015) but missing the cut in his other three trips.
Jan 11 - 8:05 AM

Troy Merritt smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to reach 7-under 137, up 43 places to T8 with play still in progress.

The 31-year-old arrived off a T15 at the season-opener in Napa two weeks ago. This is his third SFC and first time he'll play more than 36 holes with missed cuts in 2010 (Annandale GC) and here at CC of Jackson two years ago (73-73). The Iowa native opened with an up-and-down 2-under 70 (five birdies, three bogeys) on seven (of 14) fairways and just 10 greens in regulation. He dipped to only five fairways in R2 but improved to 13 GIR and a stellar 3.090 SG: Putting. Merritt's split included three from between nine and 13 feet with a long of 31'7" at the par-4 eighth. He also dropped a 12-foot par-saver at the par-4 12th.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 01:42:00 PM

Troy Merritt dismantled the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa, firing a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 during round one of the Safeway Open, placing him four strokes off the early leader Scott Piercy.

Merritt missed the cut last week at the chilly Alfred Dunhill Links, but returned stateside to find a bit of form. The 30-year-old missed just one (of 14) fairways and also missed just one green in regulation. On the day he gained 1.955 strokes off-the-tee and 3.139 strokes approaching-the-green. This round was a bit out of the blue considering he's finished outside the top 50 in 10 of his last 12 starts worldwide, and also entered with an 0-for-2 record at Silverado with nothing better than a 1-over 73 on his Napa resume.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 05:29:00 PM

Tory Merritt heads home to the Midwest for his fifth appearance at this week's John Deere Classic.

The Osage, Iowa, native is 2-for-4 at TPC Deere Run with a T30 in 2011 and T20 in 2014 being the highlights. More recently he arrives on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts. Overall, he ranks 114th in the FedExCup standings with just two events remaining in the regular season. His 2015 Quicken Loans National victory has his status sealed up for another season, but he could use some extra FEC points heading into the Playoffs.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 11:16:00 PM

Troy Merritt makes a first trip to Paris and Le Golf National for the 100th Open de France this week.

Bubba Watson's disastrous trip to Paris in 2011 has rather obscured the fact that recent American visitors have sneaky good records here. Brendan Steele has 3 top 7 finishes and Kevin Stadler was second in 2014. Can Merritt follow suit? If you belive in patterns he might make the cut, but not exactly thrive. His last 8 results read: T42-MC-T72-MC-T17-MC-T68-MC. A see-saw trend he'll be looking to end with some consistency AND quality sooner rather than later. No experience of Europe but has traveled well, for example when winning the Mexico Open in 2009.
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Defending champion Troy Merritt is at Congressional CC in Bethesda, Maryland, for the 10th playing of the Quicken Loans National.

The 30-year-old was the surprise winner at the Robert Trent Jones GC (Virginia) last year as a pre-tourney 250/1 outright. He entered the week off five consecutive missed cuts and six in his last seven. En route to this breakthrough win on TOUR though, the Iowa native set tournament records of low 18 holes (10-under 61/R3), low 54-hole aggregate (14-under 199), and low 72-hole aggregate of 18-under 266. He returns this week with a little more respect at 125/1 but has missed more cuts this season (10) than made (eight), and has just one top 10 (3rd, Arnold Palmer). This is the seventh overall edition of the QLN at Congressional and Merritt is making his second visit to the par-71 layout, missing the cut in 2014 after rounds of 74-72. He ranks 23rd on TOUR in SG: Putting but 182nd in SG: Tee-to-Green.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Troy Merritt has yet to see Colonial Country Club during PGA TOUR tournament conditions, but that will change this week as he tees it up at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Merritt enters the week ranked 104th in the FedExCup standings, already matching a career high in top 25s for a season with four in his first 15 starts. His weapon of choice has been the flat stick, currently ranked 28th in strokes gained putting, but outside the top 100 in birdie average, ball striking, all-around ranking, driving distance, and many other metrics. Merritt remains a risky option who relies on his putting to vault up the leaderboard. It's especially tough to forecast this week, considering he's making his tournament debut and we're not sure how he'll take a liking to the green surfaces.
Tue, May 24, 2016 09:29:00 PM

World No. 85 Troy Merritt orchestrated a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in today's second round of the 80th Masters for a 36-hole total of 1-over 145, currently T15 on the leaderboard and tied for the low round in the clubhouse with Rory McIlroy. UPDATE: With play completed, Merritt's 71 tied the low lap with McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Daniel Berger.

Merritt is one of 20 first-timers in the 89-man field and got the invite via his maiden title at the 2015 Quicken Loans National, which he won in record-setting 18-under 266 in his 96th career start. The 30-year-old opened with a two-birdie four-bogey 74 but rebounded with a one-bogey two-birdie showing on day two. He played the front with all pars before squaring bogey on the par-4 10th on a failed scramble. The Boise State product bounced back with birdie from 22 feet on the par-4 14th and went back-to-back with a 10-footer on the par-5 15th. He saved par from the fringe from 15 feet on the 17th to record the first sub-par round of the day and go 6-for-7 in scrambling.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 06:08:00 PM

Troy Merritt patched together a final-round 1-under-par 38-33=71 to wrap his tourney debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on 14-under 271, down one place on the board and into a two-way T3, three adrift of champion Jason Day.

Despite three double bogey-6s in the finale, Merritt was the only one of 26 first-timers at Bay Hill to finish in the top 10. Derek Fathauer and rookie Smylie Kaufman were next best at T12. The 30-year-old entered the week with five missed cuts in his last six events, but gave an indication with T11 two starts ago at the NTO. He began his final frame in a three-way T2, in the final pairing with Day, and two back. The Boise State product mustered a week-low eight (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation and finished first for the week in strokes gained: putting with a cumulative 9.603, including a 1.218 in R4. He doubled holes 6 and 9 to erase birdies on 4 and 7 to turn 2-over, but ripped-off five straight circles on 10-14. Merritt chipped-in for par at the par-3 17th (after flubbing his first pitch) before hitting his second to the 18th (from the fairway) into the water, leading to his third double.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 08:04:00 PM

Troy Merritt rallied to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach the three-quarter mark at 13-under 203, two adrift of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

Making his API debut, Merritt's 67 tied for low lap in R3 with Kevin Chappell and Byeong-Hun An, and bumped him into a three-way T2. He began in a four-way T4, five back of 36-hole leader Day after opening in 67-69. The 30-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting a sterling 1.462 putts per GIR. He erased bogeys on 11 and 13 (failed scrambles) with seven birdies, including on three of his last four holes. Merritt birdied all four par 5s, added a 14-footer for 2 at the seventh, and carded 3s on 15 and 18, respectively, including a 23'7" walk-off for his long of the day. He also converted three from between 13 and 17 feet en route to 3.480 in strokes gained: putting -- after a 3.962 in R2 -- and leads the field in SGP with a cumulative 8.385.
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 03:55:00 PM

Troy Merritt crafted a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in today's second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach the halfway point at 8-under 136, down two spots to T4 with play still in progress.

Merritt began his second frame in a five-way T2, one adrift of overnight leader Jason Day. Four birdies and one bogey later, he now trails 36-hole leader Day, who shot 65, by five. The 30-year-old, making his API debut with 25 others, began off No. 10 tee and dipped slightly to 10 (of 14) fairways, 11 greens in regulation, and 1.727 putts per GIR. However, at the time he signed his card, he was 3.983 in R2 in strokes gained: putting, including a 15'5" one-putt par on his last hole, the par-4 ninth -- his sixth one-putt par between five and 16 feet on the day. Merritt's lone bogey was a failed scramble at the par-4 eighth.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 06:23:00 PM