Troy Merritt shoots 1-under 71 in round one of the American Express
January 16, 2020
- January 16, 2020
In his first round at the American Express, Troy Merritt hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing at 1 under for the tournament. Merritt finished his day tied for 95th at 1 under; Zac Blair and Grayson Murray are tied for 1st at 8 under; Scottie Scheffler, Rickie Fowler, and Hank Lebioda are tied for 3rd at 7 under; and Cameron Davis, Russell Knox, Roger Sloan, Tyler Duncan, Tom Hoge, Adam Schenk, Chase Seiffert, and Andrew Landry are tied for 6th at 6 under.
On the par-4 12th, Merritt's 110 yard approach to 11 feet set himself up for the birdie on the hole. This moved Merritt to even-par for the round.
On the 195-yard par-3 13th, Merritt's tee shot went 209 yards to the right rough and his chip went 17 yards to the green where he rolled a two-putt for bogey. This moved him to 1 over for the round.
After a drive to the right side of the fairway on the 435-yard par-4 18th hole, Merritt had a 174 yard approach shot, setting himself up for the birdie. This moved Merritt to even for the round.
On the 535-yard par-5 fifth hole, Merritt reached the green in 3 and had a three-putt after missing a 3 feet putt he finished with a 3-putt bogey, putting him at 1 over for the round.
On the 559-yard par-5 eighth, Merritt reached the green in 2 and sunk a 30-foot putt for eagle. This put Merritt at 1 under for the round.