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Boise State’s Merritt, DeLaet retain PGA Tour spots

Graham DeLaet, who represented Canada in the Olympics, has retained his spot on the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season.
Graham DeLaet, who represented Canada in the Olympics, has retained his spot on the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season. AP

Former Boise State golfers Troy Merritt, who lives in Meridian, and Graham DeLaet retained their spots on the PGA Tour when the regular season ended Sunday.

Merritt finished No. 120 in the FedExCup standings and DeLaet finished No. 119. The top 125 advance to the FedExCup playoffs and retain PGA Tour membership for the 2016-17 season. The playoffs begin this week at The Barclays in New York.

Tyler Aldridge of Nampa finished at No. 140. He gets limited status on the PGA Tour for next season but also can play in the Web.com Tour Finals, where the top 25 performers receive spots on the PGA Tour for next season.

The $1 million Albertsons Boise Open (Sept. 15-18) is the second event in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.

The finals bring together the top 75 players on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126 to 200 in the FedExCup standings. Among the players on the PGA Tour list: Steve Wheatcroft, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Jason Gore, Geoff Ogilvy, Martin Piller, Ian Poulter, Luke Guthrie, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink and Angel Cabrera. Ernie Els also is in that group but still has PGA Tour membership from his 2012 British Open win. Davis Love III has membership from his win last season. Some of the other big names could elect to skip the finals.

Wheatcroft, Gore, Piller and Guthrie are former Boise Open champions.

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