Meet Troy

 

 

Troy Merritt has always had his eyes set on professional golf. Growing up in an athletic family where both of his brothers and father played collegiate sports, Troy knew he would take that route as well. Troy began his college golf career at Winona State University before transferring to Boise State University. Troy had a stellar collegiate career by winning an unprecedented 21 tournaments and claiming multiple All American honors. His historical collegiate career and 21 wins were completed when Troy won 7 tournaments during his senior year, including a remarkable 5 in a row.

After turning professional, Troy played on what is now the Web.com Tour after advancing to the final stage of Q-school in his first attempt. In 2009, he recorded his first victory as a rookie on that tour in only his eleventh event. Troy won the Mexico Open in dramatic fashion by making a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Adam Bland. A few months later, Troy went on to win medalist honors at the PGA Tour Qualifying School, earning his PGA Tour card. Merritt held at least a portion of the lead for all six rounds of the final stage and became only the third person in history to accomplish that feat, following Scott Verplank and Frank Lickliter II.

In 2010, Troy had perhaps the most dramatic final week of anyone on the PGA Tour. At the conclusion of Disney’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Merritt found himself sitting at number 125 on the PGA Tour money list. Not only did he secure his spot on the PGA Tour for the 2011 season, but Troy also won the $1,000,000 Kodak Challenge. The contest designates a hole at 30 tournaments and keeps score throughout the year. Troy beat Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley in a playoff for the Kodak Challenge victory after hitting his approach shot to 18 inches

Merritt secured his best finish on the PGA Tour in 2015 when he won the PGA Tour Quicken Loans National and went on to finish 56th on the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Points list. He is coming off his best finish of the 2016 season with a tie for 3rd at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational and enters Masters week on a high note, as the 82nd ranked player in the world.

Troy currently resides in Boise, Idaho with his wife, Courtney, and two sons, Scout and Dodge.