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Meridian golfer Troy Merritt qualifies for U.S. Open with tie for second in Memphis

Troy Merritt cleans his club during the practice round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in 2015.
Troy Merritt cleans his club during the practice round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in 2015. AP

Troy Merritt, a PGA Tour pro who lives in Meridian and played at Boise State, qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday during a sectional qualifier in Memphis, Tenn.

Merritt shot 67-66 for a 9-under-par total. He tied for second, one shot behind tour veteran Steve Stricker. The top nine players in the loaded field of 108 players advanced to the U.S. Open. The playoff for the final spots will have to be completed Tuesday but Merritt already has secured his spot.

The U.S. Open is June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Merritt has struggled this season on tour, ranking 147th in FedExCup points. He has finished outside the top 25 in nine of his past 10 tour starts.

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