Troy Merritt Wins Quicken Loans National
Troy Merritt wins Quicken Loans National to claim his first career victory on the PGA Tour. Merritt, who became a pro in 2008, was making the 96th start of his career and has never before played in a major championship. However, that will now change as this win at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club earns him a spot in next year’s Masters.
He was not even on the radar halfway through the tournament, but a virtuoso performance in round three on Saturday sent him sky-rocketing back up the leader board. Merritt shot an event and course record, 10 under 61, on Saturday to put him in contention with more popular names like Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Justin Rose. The dominant third round score was good enough to put him in the final pairing on Sunday as the co-leader. With the pressure on in the final round, many thought Merritt may fall to more experienced players. However, he was able to keep his composure and shoot a 4 under 67 to secure the win.
One of the other big storylines of the Quicken Loans National was the play of Tiger Woods. He started the tournament playing extremely well through the first two rounds. However, a disastrous third round on Saturday put him out of contention once again. He bounced back on Sunday with a solid 3 under 68 performance and will now turn his attention towards the PGA Championship. Woods will not play the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio which begins August 6th. The tournament will take place at Firestone (South) Country Club and is set to feature 48 of the top 50 players in the world. After that, the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, will take place at Whistling Straits. The tournament is slated to begin August 13th in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Below, we have what was in Troy Merritt’s bag during his win at the Quicken Loans National. You can click on the product to see pictures and get more information!
Driver: TaylorMade R15 430 Driver (9.5 degrees)
3 Wood: Callaway XR Pro Fairway Wood (14 degrees)
Utility: Wilson FG Tour V4 Utility (2 and 4)
Irons: Wilson FG Tour V4 Iron Set (5-PW)
Wedges: Wilson FG Tour Wedges (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Putter: Yes! C-Groove Mollie Tour Putter
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