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John Merrick

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 170

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John Merrick handed in a 3-under-par 35-32=67 after today's third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to post 5-under 205, up 17 places to T7 with play still in progress.
The 565th-ranked player in the world is making his ninth start of the season on Past Champion status. His season best is T42 at the Valero Texas Open and his tied-second-best is T63 in his last start at the Byron Nelson. The 34-year-old entered his ninth appearance with a 7-for-8 record at TPC Southwind with one top 10, a solo second in 2012, one of two career runner-up finishes in 247 starts. He began R3 on 2-under (T24) after beginning with 68-70. Merrick mustered four (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation but only dropped a single shot at the par-4 sixth (failed sand save). He erased that with birdie at the fifth from 19'9" away in the intermediate rough and added a 33'11" bomb at the par-3 11th. Merrick's highlight however, came at the par-5 16th, kicking-in a gimme eagle-3 from 19 inches after hitting his second from 220 yards. Jun 11 - 4:03 PM

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John Merrick withdrew after nine holes of his second round of the Puerto Rico Open with a hand injury. UPDATE: Merrick returned to action on April 21st at the Valero Texas Open and at even-par 70-74=144, will make the 36-hole cut.

Merrick was 5-over on his loop, 8-over total when he called it a day. This is his second mid-tournament WD of the season -- withdrawing after a first-round 72 at the Sanderson Farms -- and third in 245 career events. The 34-year-old is playing 2015-16 on Past Champion status, so it's unclear when we'll see him again and what the extent of the injury is.
Mar 25 - 3:31 PM

Past champ John Merrick does battle in his ninth Northern Trust Open.

Merrick won the 2013 edition in a two-hole two-man playoff. He entered the final round three adrift of 54-hole leader Bill Haas and shot 2-under 69 to force sudden death with Charlie Beljan. The UCLA product was one five Bruins in the field that week, with four missing the cut and the last posting a T61. It remains his lone TOUR title in 243 career starts. The 33-year-old has one top 10 (also in 2013) in 61 events since and is playing this season on Past Champion status after his exemption ran out following a 162nd-place finish in last season's FedExCup standings. His total record at the NTO is 3-for-8 (with the win his only top 10) and sandwiched the 2013 title with missed cuts in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Feb 17 - 5:29 PM

John Merrick spun a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the opening round of the Panama Claro Championship to share the 18-hole lead with Martin Flores.

Merrick's lap around Panama GC featured five birdies and 13 pars. Statistical information is not available for the event, but it is clear that the PGA TOUR veteran is off to a promising start in the opening Tour event of the 2016 season.
Jan 30 - 8:10 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 11:45:00 AM

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.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 03:21:00 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.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 08:50:00 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.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 07:12:00 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.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 11:12:00 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.
Sun, May 31, 2015 04:35:00 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.
Thu, May 28, 2015 02:41:00 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.
Tue, May 26, 2015 03:08:00 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).
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 04:47:00 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.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 12:47:00 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.
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 05:03:00 PM