Rickie Fowler and Troy Merritt are staging a rookie-centered battle for the winner-take-all Kodak Challenge -- and both just birdied the par-4 17th hole to get to 15 under in the year-long competition.
The pair now have a two-shot lead over six players at 13 under.
The birdie was huge for Merritt in more ways than one. The birdie put Merritt well above the cut line, all but assuring he will play on the weekend as he tries to retain his card for 2011.
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