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Merrick Wins a Tournament
He Grew Up Watching

New York Times, by Karen Crouse

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 2/17/2013 10:51:31 PM

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — From the tee box, the 10th hole at Riviera Country Club looks like another vanilla par 4 on the PGA Tour, a 315-yard test that is no match for today’s generation of swashbuckling players. The hole, and the player who tamed it to win the Northern Trust Open, are proof that looks can be deceiving. Before Sunday, John Merrick might have been hard for the average golf fan to pick out in a threesome waiting to tee off. Merrick, 30, has pleasant looks and a pleasant demeanor, and in his first six years until this year on the tour, his results were perfectly pleasant:

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First time this tournament has been one by a local boy. Merrick is a UCLA grad. And a nice guy.

Lots of fresh air as Tiger was in Florida romancing the Preezy.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 2/17/2013 11:42:08 PM     (No. 9182293)

It was a surprise to me that Bill Hass faded. He is easily the best of the sons of former touring pros. I agree with op, Merrick seems like a nice fellow.


Reply 2 - Posted by: Newtsche, 2/18/2013 12:28:35 AM     (No. 9182317)

#1, Hass was interviewed before his start and asked what swing thoughts had been working for him. Well, I hate this stuff, being forced to talk with others of such things automatically changes it in one´s own head. Hass said he´d been too passive and was swinging more aggressively. By verbalizing that he lost the feeling that had worked.

It´s such a solitary mentality, leave these guys alone with themselves until after it´s over.


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/18/2013 9:00:40 AM     (No. 9182622)

Agree with #2. The analysis of their swing and other technique often leads to disaster. Haas could be Exhibit A.

Although much is made of Merrick´s having played the course while he was at nearby UCLA, it doesn´t seem reasonable that the course would still be exactly the same. ???

He´s just a cool, headsy golfer, IMO. And the course is not an intimidating stranger.


Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/18/2013 11:19:41 AM     (No. 9182925)

In an interesting sidelight in this morning´s Los Angeles Times, we learn that Tiger was given an exemption to play in this tournament in 1992 when he was 16. Over the years he never won the tournament, so gave up entering in 2006.



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