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Troy Merritt |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160
College: Boise State

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In his 96th PGA TOUR start, overnight co-leader Troy Merritt won his maiden title with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to post 18-under 266, good for a three-shot margin over runner-up Rickie Fowler.
Merritt began his day at 14-under and with a share of the lead with playing partner Kevin Chappell. Coming off a course-record, 10-under 61 on Saturday, the would-be champ opened right where he left off, circling a birdie from 9'1" at the par-4 first. He added a two-putt birdie at the par-5 fifth before dropping a six-footer for birdie at the seventh. The 29-year-old kept his forward momentum with par saves from seven feet at Nos. 2 and 8 to turn 3-under. In a battle for much of the day with 2013 champ Bill Haas, Merritt played his last nine in 1-under while the other contenders faded away. His birdie on 16 canceled a lone bogey at the 12th and he finished in grand fashion by canning a walk-off birdie from 34'5" for posterity. With this win, Merritt gains entry into this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. They'll mark his respective debuts in a WGC and a major. Aug 2 - 6:48 PM

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Troy Merritt fired a 10-under-par 31-30=61 in today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to post a record-setting, 54-hole tally of 14-under 199, good for the early clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Merritt co-leads with Kevin Chappell .

Merritt carded six birdies over his first two rounds at RTJ Golf Club and nearly doubled that total on Moving Day, circling 11 birdies on his record-breaking loop. The 29-year-old's 61 set several tournament records, including: Best 18-hole score (previously 62 by Anthony Kim/2009, Hunter Mahan/2009 and Nick Watney/2011); and best 54-hole aggregate (200 by Tom Pernice Jr./2008, Anthony Kim/2009, Tiger Woods/2009 and Justin Rose/2010). His 11-birdie total was the most he's carded in a single round (281 career rounds) and his 61 tied a career low (2015 RBC Heritage/round two). Merritt began the day at 4-under (T35) and seven shots adrift. He landed 16 greens in regulation and his 11 conversions included five straight to open the round and four consecutive on Nos. 12-15. Remarkably, Merritt squared a bogey as well, three-putting from 37'5" on the par-5 eighth.
Aug 1 - 2:24 PM

Troy Merritt looks to break out of a mid-season slump at this week's Quicken Loans National.

The Boise State product has missed the cut in six straight starts ahead of this week. He is 10-for-23 on the season, placing him at 123rd in the FedExCup standings. We've seen upside with Merritt in the past but he's just too far out of form currently. Gamers should look elsewhere this week if security is a top priority.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 27 - 11:08 PM

Troy Merritt makes his 21st start of the season at this week's Greenbrier Classic.

Merritt was the 36 and 54-hole leader (by three) at the RBC Heritage in April but settled for a third-place finish. His tour of Harbour Town GL included a course-record-tying 10-under-par 33-28=61 in round two. He's missed three of five cuts since, cashing a 72nd at THE PLAYERS and a T52 at the Memorial. In total, he's 10-for-20 on the season with two top 25s, both doubling as top 10s (6th, Valspar Championship the other), good for 104th in the FedExCup standings. The 29-year-old has cashed twice in three starts on the Old White TPC, including a T16 last year and a T83/MDF in the inaugural 2010 edition.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 1 - 8:20 AM

Troy Merritt missed the cut in his 2010 Memorial debut and returns this week for another look at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

The Boise State product arrives in Ohio ranked 96th on the FedExCup leaderboard. He is 9-for-17 overall this season with a pair of top 10s to his name. Merritt does most of his damage with the flat stick as he ranks 8th in strokes gained:putting but just 170th in strokes gained:tee-to-green. Muirfield Village is not forgiving to errant approach shots, so it may be wise for gamers to leave him on their bench this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 2 - 9:09 AM

Troy Merritt backed up his opening 68 at THE PLAYERS with a 1-under-par 34-37=71 to post 5-under 139.

Merritt went 4-for-12 in scoring opportunities today with four birdies, including respective conversions from 22'2" and 12'8" at the 12th and 13th holes, but he also three-jacked the green for bogey at the par-4 fourth and added traditional bogeys at Nos. 8 and 18. He helped nab the red number with a par save from just outside 10 feet at the par-5 11th. The 29-year-old signed his card sitting just three strokes off the pace of 36-hole clubhouse leader Kevin Na.
May 8 - 5:44 PM

Troy Merritt fashioned a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round of THE PLAYERS, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Merritt went one lower then a trio that previously shared the perch atop the leaderboard. He split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. He circled six birdies, three of which from 10-18 feet, and reached bogey-free 5-under when his try from 10'10" disappeared at the par-4 12th. Merritt played his final four in 1-over with two bogeys, but he hung on easily to log his eighth consecutive red number dating back to the second round in Houston. This is also his lowest of nine competitive loops of TPC Sawgrass.
May 7 - 12:45 PM

Troy Merritt rounded off a solid week with a 2-under-par 35-34=69 to post 16-under 268, good for a third-place finish.

Overnight leader Merritt entered the final round with a three-shot lead but couldn't quite get it to the house. He started off shaky missing the fairway and green in regulation on the par-4 first, failing to convert the sand save from a green-side bunker. On the round he was 4-for-5 in scrambles, hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 GIR but could only convert three scoring chances and suffered a double bogey-6 on the par-4 12th after his tee shot was out-of-bounds right. His highlight of the day was an eagle-2 that he dunked from 115 yards out on the par-4 16th. The 25'1" birdie he dropped on the 18th secured solo third, his best finish on TOUR since his second at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2014. There's no doubt he wanted the title, but at 133rd in FedExCup points, he needed a high finish this week and he got it.
Apr 19 - 2:47 PM

Overnight leader Troy Merritt carded a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in his third round of the RBC Heritage to post 14-under 199, good for a three-stroke margin entering the final round.

Fresh off a course-record-tying 61, Merritt entered today as the 36-hole leader by four shots over Matt Kuchar and John Merrick. Paired with Kuchar (defending champion) in the final group, this was the first time that he's held the weekend lead in 85 PGA TOUR starts. If there were nerves, Merritt didn't show it early finding his first six greens in regulation and circling birdies on the par-5 second and the par-4 third holes. After a par save from short of the green on seven, the first sign of potential trouble came on the eighth when he rinsed his approach, eventually swallowing a one-putt double bogey-6. A bounce-back birdie on the ninth showed some moxie for the 29-year-old, his third circle on the round. Despite struggling off the tee on his homeward half, Merritt's iron play was steady. He missed only one green in regulation coming into the house. He added his fourth and final birdie of the day on the par-3 14th.
Apr 18 - 6:37 PM

Troy Merritt enjoyed a day for the ages en route to a 10-under-par 33-28=61 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage.

The course record is 61, so he shares that now. Merritt's previous low on the PGA TOUR was 64 (three times), so he shattered that. And at 12-under 130, he owns a four-stroke clubhouse lead at the midpoint. He even parred a par 5 (the fifth hole) today, too. Overall, the 29-year-old split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. He connected nine times for birdies, three of which from 11-18 feet. At last check, he measured 5.327 in strokes gained: putting and 3.439 in strokes gained: putting for the round.
Apr 17 - 4:13 PM

Troy Merritt opened the RBC Heritage with a 2-under-par 36-33=69, good for very early possession of the clubhouse lead.

Merritt went out in the first threesome off the 10th tee at Harbour Town Golf Links this morning, but it took him a little while to find a groove. He split eight (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, but didn't find the first of three birdies until he penciled in a 4 at the par-5 second hole, his 11th of the round. He walked off with a hole-out for birdie from the rough 18 yards away at the par-4 ninth. Merritt is 133rd in the FedExCup standings with a solo sixth at Copperhead, but it's his only top 25 of the season.
Apr 16 - 11:53 AM

Troy Merritt hung a 5-under-par 34-32=66 on the board in the final round of the Valspar Championship to assume a legitimate clubhouse lead at 6-under 278.

While Merritt needs some help if his number is to earn a win or a spot in a playoff on the Copperhead Course, it is at least low enough to put a little pressure on those still on the course. He circled six birdies to just one bogey on his last lap around Innisbrook Resort, with three of those birdies falling from longer than 18 feet. Needless to say, he gained well over three strokes with his putter and over a stroke with his tee-to-green game. He has never won on the PGA TOUR.
Mar 15 - 3:21 PM

Troy Merritt makes his third appearance in the Valspar Championship this week.

He missed the cut in his first two trips to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. The converging trends aren't the best, as he has also missed his last three cuts in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. His best finish of the season was a T30 in the Sony Open at Hawaii.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 9 - 8:40 PM

Troy Merritt hopes the fourth time is the charm at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Merritt is 0-for-3 at this event while signing for 74 or worse in five of his nine career rounds. A golfer of more stature may have had his assistant opt out of this event after such poor results but the Boise State product needs every start he can get. With a 5-for-8 start to the season, there is a chance Merritt rights the ship at Pebble Beach this week, but those odds are very small.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 9 - 11:02 PM

Troy Merritt fashioned a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-31=64 in his second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 10-under 130 at the midpoint, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead with Tim Clark.

Merritt had it all going on today. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation. In addition to saving par all six times, he buried six birdies. That set included conversions from 13'6", 21'5" and 20 feet at the second, fifth and 13th holes, respectively. The 64 matches his career low on the PGA TOUR. It's the third time he's signed for the number. The first two occurred in the first and third rounds of the 2010 McGladrey Classic where he tied for 33rd place.
Jan 16 - 5:53 PM