After 169 starts, John Merrick earned his first career PGA Tour win at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday, February 17 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
The 30-year-old bested Charlie Beljan on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff earning Merrick his third career Masters invitation and his first at a major since the 2010 PGA Championship.
Follwing the event, Merrick was emotionally exclaimed, “I can’t put this into words. Growing up as a kid, coming out here, I just wanted to play this tournament.”
He finished at 11-under par becoming the ninth player to make this tournament his first PGA Tour victory. Attending the event as a kid growing up in Long Beach it could not have come at a better place.
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Watch this video featuring John Merrick in the top five shots of the week from the Northern Trust Open: