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Troy Merritt

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

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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. Oct 13 - 5:29 PM

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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.
Aug 9 - 11:16 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.
Jun 28 - 3:32 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.
Jun 22 - 12:58 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.
May 24 - 9:29 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.
Apr 8 - 6:08 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.
Mar 20 - 8:04 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.
Mar 19 - 3:55 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.
Mar 18 - 6:23 PM

Troy Merritt grinded out a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at Bay Hill Club and Lodge to open his week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Merritt striped 12 (of 14) fairways but parlayed that into just 13 greens hit. The highlight of his round may have come at the par-5 fourth hole where he took a penalty off the tee, but holed out from 45 yards to save par the unconventional route. Merritt tacked on a 15'9" birdie roll at the par-4 ninth to make the turn blemish-free at 3-under. He swallowed his lone bogey of the round on the par-3 14th hole, where he missed the green (one of his five missed) and couldn't make the 6'6" par-saving attempt. Merritt entered the week on the heels of missed cuts in five of his last six, but he's well on his way to paycheck here at Bay Hill.
Mar 17 - 1:26 PM

Troy Merritt styled a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Northern Trust Open to reach 8-under 134 and grab a share of the early clubhouse lead with Dustin Johnson.

The Boise State product kicked off his round, like most do, with a birdie on the easy par-5 first. He added another circle on the par-3 sixth hole as he trickled in a 8'8" putt. He stretched that out even further when he rolled in a birdie putt from 12'5" on the par-4 10th. He wasn't done yet, as he splashed in a 21'7" birdie from downtown on par-4 13th. Merritt arrived this week with four straight missed cuts, but finds himself pulling a complete 180 thus far as he sits atop the leaderboard through two rounds.
Feb 19 - 3:45 PM

Troy Merritt turns his attention toward TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course for this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Boise State product missed the cut in his 2010 WMPO debut and then again the following year. It took him four years to return and he submitted a T53 in the process. The 2015 Quicken Loans National champion is just 2-for-6 on the season with both of the cuts made coming in no-cut events. His lack of course history combined with no significant form makes it easy to overlook Merritt this week in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Feb 2 - 8:51 AM

Troy Merritt is one of 14 first-timers at this week's 32-man Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii.

Merritt debuts at The Plantation Course at Kapalua via his improbable win and maiden title (96th career start) back in early-August at the Quicken Loans National, winning by three over Rickie Fowler. He entered that week on the heels of five straight missed cuts and was an outright 250/1 long shot but posted 18-under 266, a new tournament scoring record. The 30-year-old's only top-25 finish in eight events post-QLN was a T21 at the 77-man no-cut CIMB Classic nine weeks ago. He's not played anywhere since.
Jan 3 - 7:15 PM

Troy Merritt put the finishing touches on his week at the CIMB Classic with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 in today's final round.

Although Merritt won't win, this is how you close. It seems pointless on some levels until you sign the card and pride takes over. Merritt converted four birdies today and scrambled six times to post 14-under 274. At last check, he sat T18 on the leaderboard and will record his best result since winning for the first time at the Quicken Loans National nearly three months ago. Until this weekend, he hadn't placed better than T39 at TPC Boston in seven starts.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:09:00 AM

Troy Merritt arrived at the midpoint of the CIMB Classic in 10-under-par 68-66=134.

The recently turned 30-year-old (Sunday) is celebrating his birthday in Malaysia after things didn't do his way in Vegas, arguably the better site for any party. In fact, Merritt descended in Kuala Lumpur 0-for-2 in 2015-16. Thus far this week, he's striped 22 (of 28) fairways and landed 28 greens in regulation. Today's round feature an eagle-3 and five birdies against just one bogey. Since his breakthrough title at the Quicken Loans National, Merritt has gone seven starts without a top 35. He's on pace to end the drought, positioned just four strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at the moment.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 01:02:00 AM