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November 11 2010

7:54 PM

Merritt’s putt-putt practice pays off

How did Troy Merritt prepare for today’s opening round? By practicing his putting last night at min-golf site Fantasia Golf.

“I wanted to see what all the hype was about over there,” Merritt said. “They say it's the world's hardest mini golf course, and it's definitely the toughest one I've ever played.”

Apparently it worked, sort of. Merritt took 29 putts Thursday on his way to an opening-round 69 on the Palm Course. That leaves him three shots off the lead of Rickie Fowler.

“I think I made all the putts today just because the greens are so much easier here,” said Merritt, who is 121st on the money list. “You weren't playing 20 feet of break and aiming backwards and whatnot, but I had a lot of fun last night.”

That fun might continue Thursday night, by the way. Merritt and Fowler, both whom are also vying for the Kodak Challenge title, plan to play against one another at Fantasia one night this week.

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