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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 twirled a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in his opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
He found only six (of 14) fairways, but Merrick manufactured 15 scoring opportunities. He opened with birdie at the par-4 first, but slipped to 1-over with a double bogey at the par-5 fifth. While a biggie, it was his only blemish of the round. The 33-year-old recovered with three birdies to submit his first sub-70 in four rounds on the young season. He was in our crosshairs today coming off a wrist injury in Mississippi. It forced him out halfway through his second round. Merrick is in the field in México on a sponsor exemption. Stuck with Past Champion status, he can't climb out of the category during the season unless he wins an event. Nov 12 - 11:45 AM

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John Merrick withdrew from the Sanderson Farms Championship during his second round, citing a wrist injury.

He called it quits at the turn after going out in 6-over-par with three pars and six bogeys. Merrick opened in even-par 72, so he was 6-over through 27 holes with a cut line that sat at 3-under when he walked off. This is his third mid-tournament WD in 241 PGA TOUR starts. He has Past Champion status this season. If he's able, Merrick will try again at next week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Nov 6 - 3:21 PM

John Merrick returns to TPC Summerlin for his ninth straight appearance at this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Merrick received a sponsor exemption this week as he attempts to regain TOUR status. Playing with Past Champion status currently, his weekly spot in the pecking order will likely lighten his load this year. Looking at the career trajectory of Merrick, last year looks like an aberration and the UCLA product should bounce back sooner rather than later.
Oct 21 - 8:50 AM

John Merrick heads to Gainesville, Virginia, to contest his eighth playing of the Quicken Loans National.

Merrick is exempt on TOUR through the end of the season via his win at the 2013 Northern Trust Open, his lone win in 236 career starts. If he plans on keeping his card for next season, he better make some noise soon, entering this week's QLN 155th in the FedExCup standings. The 33-year-old has logged just three top 25s in 2014-15 on 24 starts, missing 15 cuts, including four of his last five. Sans the 2007 edition, Merrick has played in each Quicken Loans from 2008-2014 cashing four times in seven starts. He posted back-to-back top 25s in 2010 and 2011 going T16 and T15 respectively, but has since gone MC-MC-T46.
Jul 29 - 7:12 AM

After a two-year hiatus, John Merrick checks back into the Greenbrier Resort for his fourth career loop around The Old White TPC.

Merrick, who didn't contest the Greenbrier in 2013 or 2014, is 2-for-3 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, posting a personal-best T57 in 2011. He finished T64 in 2012 and missed the cut in the inaugural edition in 2010. At 143rd in the FedExCup standings, Merrick is in need of a high finish this week. The 33-year-old is 8-for-20 on the season with three top 25s, the last being a T16 at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Merrick missed the cut last week at the Travelers Championship by one stroke on rounds of 72-67.
Jun 30 - 11:12 PM

John Merrick crafted a 3-under-par 36-30=66 to conclude his AT&T Byron Nelson Championship at 9-under 268, up 15 spots on the leaderboard to T14, with play still in progress.

Merrick, a Long Beach, California, native and resident has no ties to Texas. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that his two best outings on his PGA TOUR season have come in the Lone Star State, including a season-best T15 at the Valero Texas Open. He began his final round T29 and seven shots off the pace, so he wasn't going to win, but at 155th in the FedExCup standings, he had a lot to play for. The 34-year-old squared two bogeys against one birdie to turn in 1-over 36, but tamed TPC Four Seasons circling four birdies on his inward half. Merrick is right on the cusp of besting his T13 at his BNC debut in 2007, before the redesign (in 2008), and when two courses were in play.
May 31 - 4:35 PM

John Merrick posted 4-under-par 34-32=66 in today's opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, finishing four strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Merrick limped into town positioned 155th in the FedExCup standings, so today's success is surprising. What's more, this is his lowest aggregate in a first round since he toured Bay Hill in 65 swings in late March of 2014. He got up and down six of eight times at TPC Four Seasons today and squared two bogeys, but he also turned two pars into birdies. The first came courtesy of a hole-out from a bunker nine yards away at the par-4 first. His second zero-putt birdie found the bottom of the cup from 14 yards at the par-4 sixth. In all, Merrick picked off six birdies.
May 28 - 2:41 PM

John Merrick pegs it up for a seventh loop around TPC Four Seasons at this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Merrick has had glimpses this year of returning to the form that won him his lone PGA TOUR title in 2013 at the Northern Trust Open. The 36-year-old was T2 after 36 holes at the RBC Heritage, but faded over the weekend to a T26-finish. He also played extremely well in a wind-swept Valero Texas Open to place T15, his season-best on 17 starts (that has included 11 missed cuts). Overall, he's 3-for-6 at the Byron Nelson cracking the top 35 just once (T13) in 2007 debut. He's missed cuts in 2008 and 2011 and WD last year after a first-round 78.
May 26 - 3:08 PM

John Merrick crafted a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his second round of the RBC Heritage.

Piggybacking his opening 69, Merrick is 8-under 134 at the break, four strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He went 7-for-14 in scoring chances with seven birdies. Three of them disappeared from 14-19 feet. This matches his lowest aggregate of the season (third round, Shriners).
Apr 17 - 4:47 PM

John Merrick posted 2-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

This ends a drought of six consecutive starts without a sub-par score in an opening round for the 33-year-old. And he hit only nine greens in regulation at Harbour Town, although with greens that average only 3,700 square feet, he won't be too far below the average. Merrick limited the damage to two bogeys and picked off four birdies elsewhere. His longest conversion measured 27'1" at the par-4 13th. He needs to get a move on to retain status for next season. He's just 164th in the FedExCup standings due to a 2-for-9 slate since the holiday break. Merrick has piled 10 missed cuts in 14 starts for the season.
Apr 16 - 12:47 PM

John Merrick settled for an even-par 37-35=72 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open to remain at even-par 216 for the tournament.

Merrick spread two bogeys and two birdies across his scorecard at TPC San Antonio, with both of the birdies falling from close range. Entering the week 177th in the FedExCup standings, we haven't heard much out him this season. Should he figure out a way to sneak out of here with a top-10 finish, perhaps he could build on that momentum in the coming weeks.
Mar 28 - 5:03 PM

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

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