Troy Merritt at the Quicken Loans National, put on an absolute show over the final 36 holes. The 29-year old from Osage, Iowa had a dream weekend. He set the tournament scoring record at 266 (-18).
The scoring record was his 2nd of the week. On Saturday, the former Boise State Bronco, set the 18-hole scoring record with a sizzling 10-under par 61 to jump into the top spot on the leaderboard. In doing so he passed the likes of PLAYERS champ, Rickie Fowler and former FedEx Cup champ, Bill Haas. It was an impressive weekend for Merritt.
Merritt also equaled the final round low score of the day at (-4) 67.
“It was really nice coming down that final fairway with a two-shot lead,” he said. “Not feeling very much stress, just trying to make as good of a golf swing as I could and, as you saw, it was nice to have only one putt.”(AP)
Only one putt….because he drained a 34 foot birdie attempt that he was clearly trying to just cozy up to the hole for an easy tap-in for par and a two-shot win. But hey, when it is going your way, it is going your way. After the putt dropped for birdie, Merritt turned and looked at the crowd with a stunned look on his face and kind of shrugged his shoulders. Good for him.
“It’s amazing how you can dream of winning a golf tournament your entire life and you’ve got it scripted and when it happens, you’re not thinking,” he said. “You don’t remember what your name is. You’re just reacting. That’s all it was.”(AP)
Early on it looked like Bill Haas was going to make a run at Merritt. He has 6 birdies in his first 11 holes to get the (-17) on the tournament. Then he had four bogeys and a double-bogey on the back nine and disappeared.
Rickie Fowler started the day one shot back of Merritt but got off to a rough start with three bogeys on the front nine and was never able to give a charge and make up for the bad start. He did finish with a bang. He drained a lengthy birdie putt on 18 to get to solo 2nd place.
“I’ve been swinging really well,” Fowler said. “I made some mistakes here and kind of put myself behind the 8-ball today but really looking forward to next week, one of my favorites courses of the year, Firestone. Then we got the final major and off into the Playoffs. Great time to be playing well.”(pgatour.com)
Troy Merritt is the 10th player to get his first PGA Tour win in 2015.
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