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Boise State’s Merritt third at PGA’s Northern Trust Open

Troy Merritt has one PGA Tour victory, the 2015 Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Va. He also has a runner-up finish and two thirds in 109 tour events.
Troy Merritt has one PGA Tour victory, the 2015 Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Va. He also has a runner-up finish and two thirds in 109 tour events. Associated Press file

Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 1 player, made eight birdies and missed the cut by five shots. Charl Schwartzel made a double bogey and a triple bogey and stayed in the top 10. Padraig Harrington wore someone else’s right shoe. Brendon de Jonge was penalized four shots because he left a wedge in his bag that had been damaged the day before.

Friday was something out of the ordinary, but Troy Merritt will take it.

The Meridian resident and former Boise State player led parts of the second round of the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles, and he finished the day in third with Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson at 8-under 134. Jason Kokrak (10-under) leads Chez Reavie by one shot.

Merritt, who has one tour victory at the 2015 Quicken Loans National, played a bogey-free round of 66 at Riviera Country Club with five birdies, including one on the par-4 18th hole. The 30-year-old will tee off with Watson and Marc Leishman at 10:35 a.m. MST Saturday. TV coverage starts at 11 a.m. on the Golf Channel, then shifts to CBS at 1 p.m.

Graham DeLaet (Boise State) and Tyler Aldridge (Boise State/Vallivue High) missed the cut at 2-over and 8-over, respectively.

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