Troy Merritt won me $80 dollars last week by winning the Quicken Loans National tournament by 3 strokes over Rickie Fowler. He was a bit of a long shot (8-1 on day 4 while leading) and this is because he had missed five straight cuts prior to his victory. A victory earned him more than $1.2 million, an invite to the Masters and a set of other Tour perks and exemptions. One of the those perks was playing at the WGC Bridgestone this week. What did Merritt do in his first round back? He shot an 82. This was the worst score of the day. By 5 strokes.
“I’m still just riding the high, coming off the win and built a lot of confidence. The body physically isn’t quite back to where I’d like it after the long week, but it will get there soon.” – Troy Merritt
Took care of 2 firsts the past 2 weeks – got my first win and shot my first round in the 80s on Tour. Golf is a funny game…
— Troy Merritt (@TROYMERRITT_PGA) August 6, 2015
“I just haven’t slept very well,” Merritt said about the last few days. “It’s been a long couple of days answering all the messages and hearing and seeing the outpouring of all the well wishes from friends, families, fans. I’ve answered a bunch of messages, as many as I can, and it’s been a lot of fun reliving it now and realizing that we’re PGA Tour champions. We’ve won on the PGA Tour. Just looking forward to what’s going to come next.”
Show up. Shoot an 82. Go home. Repeat.