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John Merrick |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 170
College: UCLA

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John Merrick turns his attention to the Puerto Rico Open for his fifth venture to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico.
Merrick has been a stud on this track, cracking the top 13 on three of his four occasions. His best was a T6 in 2009. The problem is, his current form is hard to back. He has made just two of 10 cuts in this season and has missed all five of his tries in 2015. Mar 2 - 8:58 PM

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John Merrick has cashed in each of his previous six trips to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with two of those going for top-25 finishes.

Considering Merrick has missed four of his six cuts to start the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season and hasn't cracked the top 40, his return to TPC Scottsdale could be just what the doctor ordered. He is playing on the second year of his two-year exemption from winning the 2013 Northern Trust Open, and must finish the season inside the top 125 on the PGA TOUR money list or the FedExCup standings. While it's not quite time for him to hit the panic button, he needs to develop a sense of urgency and get back on track.
Jan 28 - 8:49 PM

John Merrick failed to impress over the fall, entering the holiday break ranked 137th in the FedExCup standings.

Merrick struggled with the driver during the Fall Series. Struggle is a relative word, but his current driving accuracy ranking of 114th is far lower than his usual placement most seasons. Without the luxury of playing from the short stuff, Merrick currently ranks 153rd in the strokes gained: tee-to-green. Given his lackluster 2013-14 season, gamers should take the wait-and-see approach before reinvesting.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 08:13:00 PM

John Merrick will tee it up at El Camaleón Golf Club in his seventh OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Merrick has made each of his seven previous cuts in this event, but his T3 in 2008 remains his only top-25 finish. This season is not off to a great start, as he's missed three of his four cuts. His only success was a T42 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. His exemption for winning the 2013 Northern Trust Open expires at the end of the 2014-15 season, so he must perform this year if he is to remain fully exempt.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 07:57:00 AM

John Merrick will have plenty of supporters cheering him on at this week's Open.

The California native has played in six prior editions of this event but hasn't finished better than his T30 in 2011. Merrick is more of a SoCal kind of guy, anyway. Regardless, Merrick is 36 for his last 48, making him a viable option in weekly salary-cap formats. Trot him into your lineups with some confidence.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 10:01:00 PM

John Merrick has secured four consecutive cuts ahead of the RBC Canadian Open.

While making the cut hasn't been a big issue this season, securing 18 of 22, he hasn't done any better than a T19 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. That all adds up to 356 FedExCup points and a 132nd place in the current standings. While his win at the 2013 Northern Trust Open has his status secured for next season, he must crack the top 125 to earn a berth into the FEC Playoffs.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 09:53:00 PM

John Merrick made quick work of TPC River Highlands to the tune of 3-under-par 32-35=67, kicking off the third round of the Travelers Championship.

Merrick went off solo at 8:03 a.m. ET and finished in just under three hours. This was a clinic in pace of play, but rarely does a PGA TOUR golfer get the opportunity to go out and have a round by oneself. Merrick was very comfortable playing alone, starting his round with three straight birdies before adding two more at the ninth and 10th. His longest par breaker came from 24'10" on the par-4 10th hole, a piece of the puzzle that helped Merrick play the par 4s at 4-under on the day.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 10:57:00 AM

John Merrick returns to the Travelers Championship for his seventh peek at TPC River Highlands.

After a failed introduction in his 2007 debut, Merrick has returned five times with much greater success. Four of the last five trips have yielded finishes inside the top 35, including a T9 in 2011 and a T11 in 2009. Merrick currently ranks 4th in good drive percentage and there is no reason to believe he won't earn another weekend tee time this week.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 09:56:00 AM

John Merrick blew up for a 4-over-par 35-39=74 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Back in play after a hand injury forced him to retire after one round last week at Las Colinas, Merrick opened par-birdie-birdie at Colonial today. His first birdie measured 11'10". After a bogey-4 at 4, he poured in a par save from 12'8" at the par-4 fifth. That would end the highlight show as he went on to square three more bogeys and a double against zero par breakers. Overall, Merrick went just 2-for-6 in scrambling, added a three-putt bogey and whiffed on four tries inside seven feet.
Thu, May 22, 2014 07:24:00 PM

John Merrick withdrew from the HP Byron Nelson Championship prior to his second round, citing a hand injury.

Merrick was slated to go off the first tee at 12:50 p.m. CT. He opened with an 8-over-par 40-38=78. This ends his consecutive cuts made streak at seven. He arrived at Las Colinas ranked 113th in the FedExCup standings. If he's able, he'll try again at next week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Fri, May 16, 2014 01:39:00 PM

John Merrick enters his eighth Zurich Classic of New Orleans having missed the cut just once.

The bad news is, that missed cut was last year. His form has regressed over the years, with a T18 and a T7 in his first two trips to TPC Louisiana representing his best two. Currently he is still riding a hangover dating back to his breakthrough win at the Northern Trust Open in 2013. He has just one top-10 finish since then, with a T19 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open his best result of the 2013-14 season.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 09:25:00 PM

John Merrick signed for a 2-over-par 36-38=74 following his second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He was coasting along with pars at each of his first nine holes, and then landed his approach at the par-4 10th hole 29'5" from the cup. Whack. Whack. Tap. Tap. That's right. He four-putted. His par save missed from three-and-a-half feet. He then blew an 18-incher for bogey. Two bogeys ensued, but he offset with an eagle-3 at 16 from just inside eight feet. His longest conversion of the round measured 16'6" for par at 17. Merrick reached the midpoint in 5-under 139, two strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 02:08:00 PM

John Merrick beat up Bay Hill Golf and Lodge for a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, finishing just three strokes off the overnight lead.

He's 8-for-10 on the season, but has just one top 25 and sits 107th in the FedExCup standings. So, while we know that he has this kind of day in him, it's still a relative surprise. Merrick split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation. He drilled home eight birdies, including a 55'3" roll at the par-4 11th and from 31'10" at the par-4 18th. He added another two ranging 10-14 at 14 and 2 and would conclude with a strokes gained-putting clip north of 2.675. His only gaffe occurred at the par-4 eighth -- his penultimate hole of the round -- where he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker and settle for bogey.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 06:23:00 PM

John Merrick has carded a pair of 1-under-par 70s to open the Valspar Championship.

He's 0-for-2 dating back to the Northern Trust Open where he was defending his title, and was over par in all of his last four rounds, so it's a welcome return to form on a track where he had missed both of his previous cuts. Merrick has circled four birdies and squared three bogeys in each round this week. Today's set of par breakers included conversions from 21'5" and 14 feet at the third and fifth holes, respectively. Yesterday he drilled home birdies from 20'8" at 14 and 29'3 at 17. He's 2-under 140 at the break, just one stroke adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 01:55:00 PM

John Merrick opened his title defense of the Northern Trust Open with a 1-over-par 36-36=72.

He made virtually nothing today. Merrick hit 12 greens and found only one birdie, that a roll from just 43 inches at the par-4 10th hole. Elsewhere, he squared two bogeys, both as a result of missing the green in regulation. Overall, he fanned on three attempts inside 10 feet.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 03:53:00 PM