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Galvin Green Signs PGA Star Troy Merritt

PGA Tour Winner Troy Merritt will compete in the 2017 Galvin Green range of premium outerwear, tops, bottoms and accessories.

Currently positioned within the top 60 in the FedEx Cup rankings, Merritt started his 2016-2017 season with two top-15 finishes. Since turning professional in 2008, the 31-year-old has notched wins on both the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, along with winning the Final Stage of PGA Tour Q-School and claiming the $1 million season-long Kodak Challenge prize on the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour Winner Troy Merritt joins the SoftCo Team

SoftCo is delighted to announce the addition of PGA Tour golfers, Troy Merritt and Chesson Hadley, to its global brand ambassador team. Both golfers have an exciting future and a proven track record with recent wins on the PGA Tour. The pair will bring this winning mentality to their role of supporting the rapid growth of SoftCo in the US market.

Watch Out: Troy Merritt Could Be Dangerous at the Masters

Troy Merritt was groggy from a nap. He had just contended all the way to the watery end at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, jetted off to Augusta National and played his second practice round there in advance of his first Masters.

Merritt’s mindset: ‘Make them come get me’

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Troy Merritt had opportunities to put some distance between himself and the rest of the RBC Heritage field – and one ugly chance to fade out of the championship picture.

Merritt matches course record, leads by four

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage.

 

Troy Merritt stops by Wells Fargo Social Hub

Amanda Balionis catches up with PGA TOUR player Troy Merrit at the on-site social hub at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship and asks him some twitter questions from his fans.

Changes pay off for Merritt at Sony Open in Hawaii

HONOLULU – The Friday morning wave at the Sony Open in Hawaii found a course that was softer from an overnight drizzle, little wind and overcast conditions.

 

Merritt ready to roll at Boise Open

By Troy Oppie

KBOI-TV

 

As the web.com Tour season starts down the home stretch, former Boise State Bronco Troy Merritt has an additional goal for his performance at this week’s Boise Open.

“I told my wife, If I stay in the top 60 I’ll stay home next week and not go to Pittsburgh,” Merritt said. Skipping the next tour stop means avoiding the long day of travel associated with it – and being able to see extended family visiting Boise next week for a wedding.

Merritt is ranked 60th on the web.com Tour money list coming into the Boise Open. He rebounded in Kansas City last week with a top-20 finish after three straight missed cuts.

“I didn’t make very many putts the last few months, but started rolling the ball well in Kansas City again,” he said.

Putting may take a back seat to approach shots at Hillcrest Country Club this week. Slower greens are expected due to the water needed simply to keep the grass alive in the July heat.

“More carry versus more roll,” Merritt explained. He – and other players preparing for the tournament – expect a serious challenge to the all-time low score set in 2012 by Luke Guthrie (-22).

“Not quite sure if it’s going to take 25 under, 15 under or 18 to win,” Merritt said. “We’ll see what the guys are doing after the first few days.”

The Web.com Tour is now the main path to the PGA Tour. The top-25 money winners during the Web.com Tour season earn 2014 PGA Tour cards – but 25 other PGA Tour spots are up for grabs as well during what’s known as ‘The Final,’ three one million dollar tournaments featuring the top 75 Web.com Tour players and No. 126-200 ranked PGA Tour players.

At just under $50,000 away from the 25th spot on the money list, Merritt thinks he’s in striking distance with five weeks to go.

“I’m in a good spot, I just need to keep playing good golf and making the cuts.”

Merritt pockets $1 million after three-man playoff for Kodak Challenge

Children's Miracle Network Classic

By Antonio Gonzalez

Associated Press

 

Troy Merritt saved his PGA Tour card. Then he won something with a more immediate payoff.

After finishing as the final player inside the cut line to keep his card next year, Merritt beat Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley in a one-hole playoff to win the $1 million Kodak Challenge.

“It was a photo finish,” Merritt said, chuckling.

The contest designates a hole at 30 tournaments and keeps score throughout the year. The lowest score for those who played at least 18 holes this season won.

The trio replayed No. 17 on Disney World’s Magnolia Course after the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

Merritt hit his 133-yard approach shot to 18 inches, then birdied the hole to claim a prize that was bigger than the $846,000 Robert Garrigus took home for winning the Disney tournament.

The three Kodak finalists finished at 17 under in the contest, which was worth enough for Fowler to fly back after playing Shanghai last week and for Baddeley to pull out of the Australian Masters in his home country. Directors of the challenge even had lights set up along the 17th hole in case the playoff ran late.

Earlier Sunday, Merritt finished on the number at No. 125 to keep his full status on tour. Those who finish between 126-150 have partial status. Merritt said he was going to buy his wife a new car, give a share to his caddie and probably put the rest in the bank.

“I wouldn’t say it was a stress-free day,” Merritt said. “It certainly was a nice ending.”

Rookie Troy Merritt wins Mexico Open in playoff

By Joe Chemycz, PGA TOUR Staff PGATOUR.COM

Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. — Idaho rookie Troy Merritt rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Australian Adam Bland and win the 51st Mexico Open in Leon. Merritt, a 23-year old from Boise, then watched as Bland missed an 8-foot birdie putt that would have forced the pair to continue.

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“I looked at it from every angle but I was just trying not to overread it,” said Merritt. “That’s when you get into trouble. It was a double-breaker that just caught the low side and went in. It’s unfortunate Adam missed that one.”

The two players finished up a soggy, weather-plagued four days at the El Bosque Country Club tied at 15-under 273. Merritt shared the 54-hole lead with South Africa’s Garth Mulroy and posted a 3-under 69 to match Bland, who set a course record with a career-best 8-under 64.

England’s Matthew Richardson (67) was third, two shots back. Mulroy (72) and Aussie Andrew Buckle (70) shared fourth place three behind. Another Aussie, Steve Bowditch (67) was sixth and four behind the playoff pairing.

“I won a lot in college,” said Merritt, who chalked up 21 total wins in his four seasons at Division II Winona State and Division I Boise State. “The difference between college and here is the level of play. Out here it’s unbelievable. Anybody out here can win any week of the year. I know how to win once I get myself there. To be able to finally come through like this is a great feeling.”

Getting there wasn’t easy for Merritt, who looked like he was headed for a quick week when he started the tournament with four consecutive bogeys on Thursday morning.

“I would always get off to slow starts and be two-over after four or five holes and my college coach would just say that I was spotting them a few strokes,” he said. “You just have to battle back one shot a time and one birdie at a time.”

Slowly, Merritt worked his way back. Seven birdies resulted in a 3-under 69 in round one. A second-day 68 put him into contention. Saturday’s third round featured six birdies and only one bogey.

Merritt and Mulroy, playing in the final threesome, returned to the course early Sunday to finish up one hole of the third round. Both players were 12-under and couldn’t finish on time Saturday because of darkness. Periods of heavy rains and threats of lightning all week had players stopping and starting on a repeated basis. None of the first three rounds was completed on schedule thanks to more than four inches of rain and several near-misses with electricity in the atmosphere.

Merritt started the final round with an eagle putt of 10 feet on the first hole, setting the pace quickly. Mulroy followed with three birdies on the opening five holes, taking the lead at 15-under. Two groups ahead was Bland, a 27-year old from Adelaide who was making a charge at the leaders by making every putt he looked at.

“I knew I was going to have to shoot low because those guys were five in front to start the day,” said Bland. “I knew at least one of them would play well. I made a few putts, holed a few bombs and everything went my way I guess.”

Merritt and Mulroy played cat-and-mouse for most of the afternoon when Merritt pulled away with birdies at Nos. 10, 12 and 13. Bland, meanwhile, kept making birdies to stay within striking distance.

“Adam came out of nowhere with that great round,” said Merritt, who pocketed $117,000 for his first career title and vaulted from No. 146 to No. 27 on the money list. “It was a bit of a shock to have to birdie 16 to get back into the lead.”

The two-time WAC Player of the Year had a chance to end things in regulation but missed a 10-footer for birdie.

“It was a battle all day,” he said. “The key out here is to stay patient, especially on the greens. They’re very tricky to read. You’re not going to shoot low scores if you’re looking at 20-footers for birdie all day.”

It turned out, Merritt needed only to look one extra time.