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Troy Merritt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 160

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World No. 402 Troy Merritt patched together an even-par 35-36=71 in the second round of the Genesis Open, dipping two spots on the live leaderboard to T8 on 3-under 139, four adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader Patrick Cantlay.
The Boise State product found 10 (of 14) fairways and mustered 10 greens in regulation, gaining 0.748 strokes off-the-tee but losing 1.016 approaching-the-green. He carded three birdies at holes 5 (from 10'10"), 6 and 11, cancelled by three bogey-5s at 2, 7 and 15 (3-putt from 62'8"). The 32-year-old registered 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.851 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. He's in the field via a T8 at last week's AT&T Pro-Am, his first top-10 finish since T8 at the Travelers last June. Feb 16 - 4:27 PM

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Lack of light has halted play during round one of the Genesis Open, leaving 12 golfers stranded, forcing them to return on Friday morning to close out their opening rounds.

Play was called off at 5:48 p.m. PT due to darkness. Just before that, Troy Merritt tied a bow on his round of 3-under 68 which places him in a share of sixth place. That is exactly where he stood after R1 of last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He went on to finish T8 which earned him a seat in this week's field. Today it was all about ball-striking as he gained 2.105 strokes approaching-the-green. The highlight came at the par-5 11th where he stuck his 276-yard approach shot to inside eight feet before rolling it in for an eagle. Merritt is playing great golf right now and he will likely be able to sleep in an extra hour or so since he completed his round before darkness set in.
Feb 15 - 9:11 PM

World No. 520 Troy Merritt backed up with a 2-over-par 34-40=74 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, falling five places into a seven-way T8 on 10-under 277, and hanging on for his first top 10 of the season in nine starts.

The Boise State product walked off with triple bogey-8 at the 18th, dropping from a would-be T5 had he made par. His third from 119 yards away got stuck in a tree short of the green, had to go back and drop, and then 3-jacked from 53'6". It was a disappointing finish to an otherwise surprising week, cashing at the AT&T for the first time in seven tries. After opening with 67-67-69, the 32-year-old began T3, two back of co-leaders Dustin Johnson and eventual champ Ted Potter, Jr. He hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.915 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.279 tee-to-green. The Canadian was bogey-free 2-under thru 13 holes, circling 5 and 6, but played his final five holes in 4-over, lowlighted by the snowman on 18 and bogey-6 at 14. He posted 1.909 putts per GIR and -1.279 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. Merritt improves to 4-for-9 on the season with his first top-50 finish and nets his first top 10 since T8 at the Travelers last June.
Feb 11 - 8:45 PM

Playing Monterey Peninsula CC, World No. 520 Troy Merritt stalled out to a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing T3 on 12-under 203, where he began the day, and trailing 54-hole co-leaders Ted Potter, Jr. and Dustin Johnson by two shots.

The Boise State product is chasing a second TOUR title in 164 career starts, joining his win at the 2015 Quicken Loans (as 54-hole leader) 68 starts ago. He'll play out of the penultimate group in Round 4 with Steve Stricker and Jason Day (with amateur partner). Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 32-year-old was bogey-free 6-under thru 12 holes but misfired with four squares in his last six holes. He hit nine (of 13) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.615 putts per GIR with 30 total putts.
Feb 10 - 8:40 PM

Troy Merritt kept his foot on the gas with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, moving into an early share of third place on 10-under 134 with plenty of round-two action remaining.

Merritt took on the host course in round one which means he navigated Spyglass Hill today. After a roller-coaster of a round on Thursday, today he avoided bogeys entirely, keeping a clean card while picking off five birdies. The highlight came at the par-4 sixth hole where he stiffed his approach to inside two feet for a tap-in birdie. Arriving with no form and an 0-for-6 record at the AT&T Pro-Am, this start is definitely out of the blue. Over the weekend, Merritt will be searching for his second career win or at least try to salvage an eight career top 10.
Feb 9 - 5:15 PM

Troy Merritt flirted with the lead in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, ultimately settling for a strong, 5-under-par 36-31=67 with Spyglass Hill next up on his agenda.

Merritt entered the week on the heels of three straight missed cuts but found the cup early and often today. Starting on the back nine at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Merritt circled an easy birdie at the par-4 10th and then holed out for eagle (115 yards) for a nice bonus at the par-4 11th. After that, most of his damage was done with a hot putter, gaining 1.745 strokes with the flat stick before his day was done. On top of his poor form, Merritt also arrived with six missed cuts in six tries here at the AT&T Pro-Am. Perhaps the gorgeous weather producing firm conditions will suit him nicely this week.
Feb 8 - 7:49 PM

World No. 400 Troy Merritt tossed up a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for a three-day total of 4-under 209, up seven spots to T8, five short of 54-hole co-leaders Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun.

After opening in 70-69, the 32-year-old began T15 on 3-under, eight back of Spaun. He mustered six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.470 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.214 around-the-green. The Boise State product squared a lone bogey-4 at 14, slightly outpaced by two birdies at 6 and 17 (from 26'2"). He recorded 1.818 putts per GIR and 1.247 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 08:16:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 400 and two-time Web.com Tour grad Troy Merritt navigated a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to post 3-under 139, up 33 spots to T12 with play still in progress.

This is the 32-year-old's sixth appearance with three prior cashes between T48 and T50. It's his third start of the season after a T69 (Safeway) and a MC (by five) at last week's Sanderson Farms (74-74). The Boise State product opened with a four-birdie three-bogey 70 and circled five against three in Round 2 on 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. He squared three bogey-5s at holes 11, 18 and 4, outpaced by five circles at 13, 15, 16, 1 and 9, all from inside of 14 feet. The Iowa native registered 1.692 putts per GIR and -0.852 SG: Putting, taking 29 total putts. He finished 151st in the FedExCup standings last season but got his card back with two top 10s in the WCT Finals (in four starts), finishing 27th in the priority rankings.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 04:39:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 02:01:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 01:52:00 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.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 04:28:00 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.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 03:06:00 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.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 05:59:00 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.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 03:09:00 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.
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 07:18:00 PM