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Troy Merritt holes bunker shot, butchers high-five with caddie

March 20, 2016

A double bogey on the ninth hole during Sunday's final round seemed to dash Troy Merritt's chances of winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But his back nine at Bay Hill has been nothing short of magical.

Merritt birdied the first four holes of the back nine to get back into contention before short-siding himself on the par-3 14th hole. But Merritt responded by holing out the tough shot for a fifth consecutive birdie to grab a share of the lead. Unfortunately, he didn't do much to change the reputation that golfers are awkward when it comes to celebrating. Check out the shot and then the way he and his caddie, Scott Sajtinac, absolutely butcher a high-five/pound attempt:

If Merritt keeps this rally up and is able to pick up his second PGA tour title, hopefully, he and his caddie can get their reactions on the same page by the 18th hole.

UPDATE: There were no celebrations for Troy and Scott on No. 18. Tied for the lead on the final hole, Merritt found the water with his approach shot. That led to his third double bogey of the day during a wild 71. He finished T-3 behind winner Jason Day.