FLEXIBILITY, FEEL AND A KNACK FOR WINNING
Troy Merritt might be the winningest player in pro golf, but he has only one PGA Tour victory. As an amateur Merritt won more than 100 tournaments, including 21 in college—and five straight his senior year at Boise State. He even won the PGA Tour Qualifying School in 2009, and before that the 2009 Mexico Open in only his 12th start on the Web.com Tour.
So what happened after he made it to the PGA Tour in 2010? He went 95 tournaments without hoisting a trophy. "I lost my way for a while," Merritt says. "I needed to eliminate the big miss to the right. That happens when I get too fast starting down."
Last summer he'd missed five consecutive cuts coming into the Quicken Loans National, where he made an adjustment in his setup, moving his hands forward. Bingo! Merritt shot a third-round 61 and got his first win on the big tour. We took the photos below two days later. (Swing analysis is provided by Steve Dahlby, Merritt's coach and the teaching professional at Phoenix Country Club.)
Merritt says, "I also started making putts. You have to make putts to make cuts." And to win, he could add.