Streaky Merritt hopes to get hot again at Quicken Loans

2:24 a.m. EDT June 22, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Troy Merritt is the defending champion at the Quicken Loans National, but that doesn’t mean he gets friendly vibes from the golf course.

Merritt shot 14 under par on the weekend last year at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club to break through for his first PGA Tour victory, beating Rickie Fowler by three shots.

This year, the tournament returns to Congressional Country Club, where Merritt missed the cut in 2014.

“I really like RTJ,” Merritt said. “Congressional, I struggled mostly off the tee because I was hitting a little cut off the tee. These days I’m hitting it lot straighter, maybe even turning it over a little bit. I’m excited to get back here and give it a shot.”

Merritt is known as a streaky player. When he gets hot, he can beat everybody, as he showed last year.

“It’s a lot of fun. For a brief moment in time, it feels like the game is coming easy,” Merritt said. “It’s a very tough game, and it demands a lot of attention. There are times when it feels like you can’t miss a shot, can’t miss a putt. You’re reading the greens correctly, you’re hitting the shots the way you want to. It’s fun…

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