Former Bronco Wins First Nationwide Tour Event
LEON, Guanajuato, Mexico – The Mexico Open proved to be lucky number 13 for former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt, who won his first Nationwide event on Sept. 7. It was the first win of Merritt’s blossoming career after only 13 events. The $117,000 champion’s purse boosted Merritt into the top-25 on the Nationwide money list.

Merritt’s victory didn’t come easy as it took him one playoff hole against Adam Bland of Australia. Both Bland and Merritt shot 15-under through the regulation 54 holes. Merritt then sunk a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole and clinched the victory when he watched Bland miss an 8-foot birdie putt that would have kept the duo tied.

“I won a lot in college,” said Merritt. “The difference between college and here (the Nationwide Tour) is level of play. Out here it is unbelievable. I know how to win once I get myself there. To be able to finally come through like this is a great feeling.”

Previous to the Mexico Open, Merritt had only one top-25 finish in the Price Cutter Charity Championship when he finished tied for 23rd. A Nationwide event win guarantees Merritt a spot on the Nationwide Tour for the next two years. He currently sits at No. 25 on the money list, which will guarantee him a spot on the PGA Tour if he can stay in the yop-25 at the end of the season.

Merritt returns home to play in the Boise Open this weekend at the Hillcrest Country Club.

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