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Troy Merritt

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

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Iowa native Troy Merritt smoothed a 5-under-par 32-34=66 during round two of the John Deere Classic, arriving at the midpoint on 7-under 135, good for a spot inside the top 10 at the moment.
Merritt soared from the start today, holing out from the rough (105 yards) for eagle at the par-5 10th, his opening hole. Three holes later he holed out again, this time from the fairway, from 48'4", for birdie. The hot hand cooled off from there, but he did add four more birdies before his day was done and also saved par from 11'2" along the way. You could call this a gritty round or you could say it was lucky. Either way, Merritt is now squarely in the hunt, heading into the weekend. Jul 14 - 2:01 PM

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Troy Merritt twirled a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the Quicken Loans National, sharing a piece of the clubhouse lead with Johnson Wagner, Sung Kang, and Marc Leishman, as the afternoon wave takes to the course. UPDATE: Merritt was later overtaken by David Lingmerth who fired a 5-under 65 to take control after day one.

Merritt kept his ball between the hash marks today, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. He sank three birdie putts from outside 14 feet today, but it was a truly balanced attack as he walked off the course inside the top 20 in all four strokes gained sub-categories. Merritt won the 2015 edition of the QLN just 2 miles down the road at Congressional Country Club. There must be something about the area that he enjoys. If he maintains this co-lead it will be his second career lead/co-lead after R1 on the PGA TOUR. Merritt's only previous first-round lead came at the 2010 Sony Open where he would go on to finish T20 at the tourament's conclusion.
Jun 29 - 1:52 PM

World No. 341 Troy Merritt rallied for a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to conclude on 8-under 272, up 14 spots to T7 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Merritt finished a season-best T8.

Arriving off four consecutive missed cuts, the 31-year-old posts a fifth top 25 of the season in 21 starts, and possibly a first top 10. His previous best was T11 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms back in late-October. It's the Boise State product's second cash at the Travelers in six tries, brushing aside a previous-best T67 in 2014. After opening in 65-68, he was T2 thru 36 holes before falling back to T21 with 73 in R3. The Iowa native hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.325 strokes approaching-the-green though losing 0.931 around-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-6 at 13, offset by five birdies, including three in his last four holes. Merritt posted 1.583 putts per GIR and 1.048 SG: Putting, needing just 26 total putts.
Jun 25 - 4:28 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 341 Troy Merritt carded a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the Travelers Championship to reach halftime on 7-under 133, up one spot on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd, one short of clubhouse leader Jordan Spieth.

The Iowa native found 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.062 strokes off-the-tee and 2.531 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 16 (failed scramble), outpaced by three birdies at 17, 18 and 3, two from between 18 and 32 feet with a long of 31'3" at the par-4 18th. The 31-year-old posted a commercial 1.786 putts per GIR and 0.113 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. He missed six scoring tries from 13 feet and in, though did save par two times from between six and seven feet.
Jun 23 - 3:06 PM

World No. 341 Troy Merritt authored a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the first round of the Travelers Championship, currently T4 and two strokes back of 18-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

The 31-year-old is playing his sixth Travelers with one prior cash, a T67 in 2014 (71-66-72-71). He arrived off five missed cuts in his last six individual starts, four straight, including at his U.S. Open debut, and a T24 at the Zurich teamed with Robert Streb. The Boise State product landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.123 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.374 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 15 (tee ball in the water), camouflaged by six birdies at Nos. 1, 4, 6, 7, 13 and 14, three from between 17 and 23 feet, posting 1.600 putts per GIR and 2.688 SG: Putting. This is the Idaho native and resident's low lap at TPC River Highlands in 13 rounds, previously 66 in 2014/R2.
Jun 22 - 5:59 PM

Troy Merritt made an early charge up the leaderboard in round one of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, firing a 2-under-par 35-33=68 to find himself four strokes off the early leader Matt Every.

Merritt split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 11 greens in regulation, both right around field average. Where he made his move was on (and around) the greens. Merrite drained six putts from outside six feet today, while also gaining 1.101 strokes around-the-green. Playing his 14th competitive round at TPC Southwind, this actually goes in the book as just his fifth-best effort here. Three of his better scores all came in the 2014 edition when he styled rounds of 67-66-67-71 to post a runner-up finish.
Jun 8 - 3:09 PM

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

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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