After slogging out on the PGA Tour for over 5 years with a record of zero wins in 95 starts, it was looking unlikely that Troy Merritt would ever claim a win on the PGA Tour.
However, this all changed over the weekend when Merritt shot a course and tournament record 61 in the third round to put him up with the leaders at the Quicken Loans National.
Then on Sunday, the 29-year-old shot a 4-under 67 and finished his first career victory in 96 starts with a flourish, rolling in a 34-foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole. Merritt finished 18-under for the championship, three strokes better than runner-up Rickie Fowler.
Merritt’s previous results looked a little bit like this: Missed cut, missed cut, missed cut, missed cut, missed cut. He’d endured five consecutive starts without a single paycheck.
“You just don’t give up,” Merritt said. “I mean, if you feel like things are close, you keep grinding because there’s just that one little thing you can improve on.”
“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.”
Finishing with this excellent birdie on the 18th, Troy shows absolute class golf all the way till the end.
To his delight Merritt now earns a two-year exception to play on the PGA Tour and a career-best $1,206,000 in winnings.
We say good on you Troy, it’s great to see the underdog taking a win.