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John Merrick |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 170
College: UCLA

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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. Jul 22 - 9:53 PM
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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.
Jun 21 - 10:57 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.
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Jun 18 - 9:56 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.
May 22 - 7:24 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.
May 16 - 1:39 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.
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Apr 22 - 9:25 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.
Mar 21 - 2:08 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.
Mar 20 - 6:23 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.
Mar 14 - 1:55 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.
Feb 13 - 3:53 PM

John Merrick picked off his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2013 Northern Trust Open and is back to defend this week.

To say Merrick's win was unexpected would be fair at a minimum. The UCLA product had missed three of his first five cuts at Riviera Country Club, failing to crack a top 50. He's made each of his seven cuts in 2013-14, with a T19 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open the best. Expect him to ride into Pacific Palisades, Calif., with some confidence, but the new experience of defending could prevent him from making a big splash.
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Feb 11 - 11:21 PM

John Merrick enters this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open with a pair of consecutive cuts made streaks on the line.

Not only has the soon-to-be defending champion of the Northern Trust Open connected 12 straight paydays dating back to the RBC Canadian Open, but he survived the cut in all five of his previous appearances at TPC Scottsdale. That said, it's only responsible to add that none of his last six cuts made entering the week are top 25s, and all of his last four at the WMPO resulted in finishes outside the top 50, but he still qualifies as reliable low-budget value in weekly salary games.
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Jan 29 - 8:24 PM

John Merrick is set to take on the Plantation Course for the first time in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Merrick earned his spot in the exclusive field by virtue of his win at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC, but has done little since then to back up his maiden victory. All signs point to leaving him on the bench this week, while keeping a close eye on his form. As a California native, it's certain that he would love to start peaking for the West Coast Swing.
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Mon, Dec 30, 2013 09:38:00 PM

John Merrick posted an even-par 36-35=71 in his opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Merrick was a late scratch at the Frys.com Open due to an unspecified injury. If whatever was bothering him last week has healed, it really didn't reflect in his walk around TPC Summerlin today. He hit only 11 greens and traded four birdies with four bogeys. While two of his birdies measured 11'5" (at the second hole) and 20'11" (at 5), he missed on five tries inside 10 feet.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 08:37:00 PM

John Merrick has been removed from the published field of this week's Frys.com Open.

Merrick likely populating a handful of fantasy rosters today, so some gamers are already cursing the inherent bad luck that can occur in professional golf. The good news is that he's coming off a terrific season that included his first victory and a ranking of 39th in the FedExCup.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 10:59:00 AM