Los Angeles native, John Merrick won the Northern Trust Open at Historic Riviera Country Club with a par on the second sudden death playoff hole.
Merrick (FJ ICON and StaSof) shot three consecutive rounds under par to sit three strokes behind the 54 hole leader and defending champion, Bill Haas. With Haas struggling over the final 18, the UCLA product, Merrick capitalized making birdies on the tenth and eleventh holes to reach twelve under par. A late bogey let Merrick's competitors back into the tournament before parring in to post eleven under par. At the end of regulation, only one could match his score.
Moving to the 18th hole, both players managed to escape with pars on the first playoff hole. Moving to the famous drivable par four tenth hole, Merrick conservatively laid back to 90 yards leaving a full lob wedge into the green. Merrick played the wedge to 15 feet of the pin and calmly two putted for the win.
When asked what this win meant to Merrick, he was nearly speechless,"I can't put this into words. Growing up as a kid, coming out here, I just wanted to play this tournament."
This is Merrick's first win on the PGA Tour, also earning the 30 year old a spot in this year's Masters Tournament.
Northern Trust Open Shoe Count
FJ - 58%
Nearest Competitor - 21%
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Congratulations John Merrick, way to get the ball rolling for FootJoy players in 2013.
Watching the Northern Trust Open was just another example of what pressure can do, at least in my humble opinion. Haas had a 3 stroke lead and lost it and came back to place second, and Merrick comes from behind witha steady game to win on the second playoff hole. He was deserving of the win and congratulations to him on his first since entering the Tour in 2004. It was great to watch his first victory. This may be the start of more to come for him and I hope that it is.
Congratulations to John on his win at Riviera! SoCal guy winning there is great, wearing Icons and StaSof makes it even better.
Go Team FootJoy!
Congrats to John! Gutted for Bill but glad to see an FJ guy take the top spot. What a memory for him in LA and a former UCLA and LA guy! Pretty cool!
To Win your first and at Home....Priceless!!!!
Congratulations to JMerr
Another Win for FJ.
-ICONs for All
First PGA Win and MT Spot all in one... Bravo JM! Team Footjoy is on a roll !!!!!
Congratulations to John, FootJoy, and Titleist. Always super nice when a local wins one, playing and wearing the best.
Great Win for Merrick ! First local boy to win the LA open ! Great job Footjoy, the first of many winners this year :)
Congratulations John Merrick!
And the reason you did not mention who placed second was?
Congrats to JM, would love to see team FJ get on a roll of tournament victories!
Congrats to JM and FJ. Boht are winning combinations....Go FootJoy!!!!
Terrific win following an interesting, exciting few final holes and a solid playoff. Congratulations, John.