Troy Merritt
Troy Merritt
33-Year-Old Golfer
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2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Merritt has been all over the map in his seven years on the PGA Tour. The high point came in 2015, when he picked-up his first win and topped $2 million in earnings. The low was a couple years prior when he failed to make even $200k. Last season, Merritt picked-up his second win on the PGA Tour and again made it into seven-figure territory. Outside of the years where he's won, Merritt hasn't produced much however and his win came at the Barbasol Championship, which is held opposite of the British Open. Merritt has enough upside to justify a salary cap pick at this price, but he hasn't proven consistent enough in his time on the PGA Tour. Read Past Outlooks
Picks up third top-10 of season
July 7, 2019
Merritt scored a share of seventh place at the 3M Open after shooting a three-under-par 68 on Sunday.
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Merritt carded an eagle and 21 birdies this week to seven bogeys. His ball striking could have been better, but Merritt did find himself eighth in SG: Putting and second in putts per GIR. In just 15 starts this season he has scored seven top-25's and three top-10's. The 33-year-old sits 99th in the FedExCup standings heading into the John Deere Classic next week.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In the three seasons prior to this year, Merritt had posted a top-3 finish, but this season ended with zero top-3s and just one top-10. As a result, Merritt had to earn his way through the Web.com Tour Finals to retain his card for a fifth straight year. Going forward it's hard to see Merritt breaking $1 million in earnings in 2017-18, but he'll likely top last year's measley total, which was his worst total since the 2011 season. He's not draftable in salary cap leagues and should go beyond the 10th round in drafts.
Merritt has spent five seasons on the PGA Tour and in four of those five seasons, he's finished under $1 million in earnings. The lone year he topped that mark, 2015, he ended-up just over $2 million, but that was due in large part to a win at the Quicken Loans National. Merritt is still fairly young, so he's got time to get everything figured-out, but that's not the type of golfer that should be on a salary cap team. In drafts, he'll go after the 10th-round.
Merritt's third season on the PGA Tour was his best, but considering he failed to make even $900k, that's not saying much. His rookie season was fairly productive, but his second season was a disaster. Merritt rebounded well in his third season, but if this is as good as it gets, then he's going to spend his career fighting to stay alive. As such, he's not a good option in salary cap leagues, mainly due to his limited upside. In draft leagues he'll likely go undrafted.
Merritt played his best golf early in Web.com season last year, earning five of his six top-10s. He was consistent in 2013 but only one top-3 finish and no wins.
In his rookie season on the PGA TOUR, Troy Merritt grabbed the final spot inside the top 125. Merritt used a strong fall finish to earn those last few dollars, but his season was made by a third-place finish at the Zurich Classic. In his first year on the PGA TOUR, Merritt ranked 36th in putting average. He also ranked 32nd in birdies per hole. Merritt has some potential, but after such an erratic opening season, it's probably better to wait on him.
Merritt will be on a lot people's draft board because of his win at Q School, but he was not really that successful on the Nationwide Tour in 2009. Merritt won an event in and the $117,000 earned for that event represented 77% of his earnings. Tread cautiously with the former player at Boise State.
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Falls off pace on weekend
June 3, 2019
Merritt posted a one-over 73 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament and finished in a tie for 17th place.
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Tops in SG: Tee-to-green at RBC
April 21, 2019
Merritt closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday at the RBC Heritage to finish in a tie for 10th place.
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Returning from rib removal
March 11, 2019
Merritt (ribs) is listed in the field for this week's PLAYERS Championship.
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Sidelined following surgery
Ribs
February 5, 2019
Merritt will be out of action for a while after undergoing surgery in January to remove a rib, according to the Golf Channel.
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T16 at Tournament of Champions
January 7, 2019
Merritt shot rounds of 73-71-69-70 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions this week to finish in a tie for 16th place.
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