Coming off a victory in the Quicken Loans National on Sunday, Meridian resident Troy Merritt (Boise State) wound up at the bottom of the Bridgestone Invitational field Thursday at 12-over 82. Merritt made six straight pars on the back nine before shooting an 8 on the par-5 No. 16. He bogeyed No. 18 and six of the first seven holes before a double-bogey on No. 9.
Meanwhile, Danny Lee made seven birdies for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk.