Merritt cards 61-67 weekend to earn 1st PGA Tour title winning Quicken Loans National

Final Round — PGA Tour – Quicken Loans National — Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf QuickenlogoClub — Gainesville, Virginia —

Troy Merritt convertedĀ his maiden PGA Tour victory holding on to the 54-hole lead and winning the Quicken Loans National.

Merritt, a super long-shot entering the week as a 250-to-1 betting pick at, carded a 67 Sunday at Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Club to post a three-shot victory over Rickie Fowler.

David Lingmerth, who won the Memorial Tournament earlier this summer, finished alone in third at 14-under. A host of players — including Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Danny Lee and Bill Haas — were among those at T-4 and T-12.

Haas failed to keep his hot start going Sunday. The 2013 champion at this event was 6-under through 10 holes and leading before coming home in 39.

Merritt set himself up with a Saturday 61.

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  • The World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational takes center stage next week at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. Defending champion Rory McIlroy won’t compete as he is still recovering from injury. Jordan Spieth will headline the field.
  • Tiger Woods ended up T-18 at the Quicken Loans National for his first Top 20 since the Masters.
  • Kenny Perry defended his title at the 3M Championship thanks in part to a Saturday 61. It marked Perry’s first Champions Tour victory of 2015.