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July 26 2013

1:45 PM

Merrick cards course-record tying 62

By David McPherson, Special to PGATOUR.COM

OAKVILLE, Ontario -- On moving day at Glen Abbey, John Merrick made the biggest morning move, tying the course record with a 10-under 62 to take the early clubhouse lead.

Despite admitting he didn’t have a great warm-up, once on the course, things quickly came together.

“I wasn’t hitting it that great on the range and I didn’t feel that good,” Merrick said. “Maybe that makes you focus a little bit more, try to figure out what’s going on, and I was able to kind of work a couple things out.”

You have to go back to 1986 for the last time someone carded a 62 at Glen Abbey. That guy was Greg Norman.

Merrick, 31, achieved this record-tying performance by making eight birdies to go along with an eagle on No. 2. He hit 17 of 18 greens to give himself lots of scoring chances. He's also playing with more confidence this year.

Merrick won his first PGA TOUR event in his home state when he defeated Charlie Beljan in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open.

“It was a great day,” Merrick said of Friday's round. “I got off to a good start, hit it over the green on 2 and chipped in for eagle.

“My game has been feeling pretty good lately. Everything kind of clicked today.”

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