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Posted: December 6, 2009
Most weeks when a Tour player walks off the 72nd hole with a three shot lead, he or she is headed straight for a trophy presentation. This week at the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School, Troy Merritt is headed for 36 more holes of golf.
Merritt, a Titleist Brand Ambassador, and 159 other players will play both the Links and Lakes courses at Bear Lakes CC one more time in hopes of being awarded one of 25 memberships to the 2010 PGA Tour. Merritt is one of two players to have posted his four rounds in the 60's in this tournament, marked by high winds and weather delays.
The wind, which had been blowing out of the north, looks to be turning east for Sunday's and Monday's rounds. If the forecast holds true, it should make for some movement on the leaderboard and an exciting finish on Monday afternoon. "The courses were designed for the prevailing east wind. When you combine that change with softer greens from the rain and high humidity, I think we’ll see some players putting up some really good scores," said Matt Messer, Director of Instruction at Bear Lakes.
The 24-year-old Merritt is no stranger to the winner's circle. By the time he graduated from Boise State in 2008, Troy had racked up 21 individual collegiate wins. He followed his amateur career with a victory in his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour. The $117,000 Merritt took home from winning a playoff at the 2009 Mexico Open is more than twice the winner's check at Q-school, but come Monday afternoon Troy Merritt may have a different perspective on which one is more valuable.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Troy Merritt in action earlier this season on the Nationwide Tour.
Posted: December 5, 2009
Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Sim has been voted 2009 Player of the Year by his fellow competitors on the Nationwide Tour. The 25-year-old Australian will receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in recognition of the achievement.
Sim began the 2009 Nationwide Tour season with conditional status, but broke several Tour records while winning three events before August to earn a "battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour. Among his other 2009 accomplishments:
• Shattered the single-season earnings record with $644,142 (previous mark held by Titleist Brand Ambassador Troy Matteson with $495,009 in 2005)
• Sat atop the money list for 24 consecutive weeks (previous record - 20 weeks, set in 1991)
• Set the single-season scoring average record with 68.81 (previous record held by Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson with 68.97 in 2003)
• Finished first in 10 different statistical categories
• In addition to his three wins, he had two runner-up finishes, a third, a fourth and a fifth, and a total of nine top-10s in 14 starts
• Qualified for two major championships, finishing tied for 18th in the U.S. Open and tied for 51st in the PGA Championship
For more on Michael's 2009 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year Award, be sure to check out PGATour.com. For more on Michael and his Titleist equipment, visit Titleist.com.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Sim was voted 2009 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year by his fellow competitors on tour.
Posted: December 2, 2009
I just got back to the hotel after the Pro-Am at NSW [New South Wales Golf Club]. I had an early start this morning, left the hotel at 5:30am! It was a cold, rainy and windy morning and by the time I left the course it was sunny. Tomorrow is supposed to be better weather and the weekend even warmer. The course is in good condition but anything can happen out there. I think the guy who wins it will have a little luck on his side and there's nothing wrong with that! I think a lot of us have dreamed of winning our national championship.
I arrived in Sydney on Monday and participated in two charity functions. The first event was to help raise funds for The CorriLee Foundation out at The Lakes Golf Course and then the second event was a Westpac Golf Day out at Twin Creek Golf Club. Both events were great to be involved with and I'm glad I had the time to participate this week. I appreciate all the work Westpac does in our community and for being a supporter of some many worthwhile causes. A portion of the proceeds raised went directly to my Foundation so just want to thank everyone involved in making the day such a success.
I need to run and get a rest in before dinner.
Until next time, take care.
Adam is looking to maintain momentum from consecutive top-10 finishes at the JBWere Masters and Dubai World Championship at this week's Australian Open.