Troy Merritt
Troy Merritt
35-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Merritt might be the most obscure two-time winner on the PGA Tour. He picked-up his first win on the PGA Tour in 2015 and backed that up with another win 2018. Though he didn't win this past season, he had a fairly productive season. Merritt's best finish was a runner-up at the Barracuda Championship and he had a total of four top-10s. His consistency improved, but there's still a question of whether he can string together high-end performances. His ceiling is well above where he ended up last season, but he's still probably too pricey for salary cap purposes. Read Past Outlooks
Surges with Sunday 65
May 30, 2021
Merritt jumped into a share of seventh place after firing a five-under 65 in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Merritt's 65 tied Charley Hoffman for the low round of the day, which was highlighted by a clean card with five birdies and zero bogeys. His short-game was in good form, as he ranked third in scrambling for the week and in the top-20 in both strokes-gained around-the-green and putting. Merritt continues to show great form with three top-10 results over his last four events.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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 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 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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Hot weekend leads to top-10
May 16, 2021
Merritt closed with a final round seven-under 65 on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson to finish in a share of seventh place.
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Notches first top-10 of season
May 2, 2021
Merritt finished in a share of eighth place after shooting a one-under 70 on Sunday at the Valspar Championship.
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Falls into second place at Barracuda Championship
August 2, 2020
Merritt carded a two-under 69 on Sunday at the Barracuda Championship to finish the tournament with 38 total points in the Modified Stableford format, falling one point shy of champion Richy Werenski.
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Posts first top-10 this season
July 5, 2020
Merritt carded a one-under 71 on Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic to finish tied for eighth place.
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Can't avoid big numbers in CT
June 28, 2020
Merritt closed with a two-over 72 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship to finish four-under and tied for 60th.
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