- Northern Trust Open, Round Four
Merrick's course nous brings win
Local boy John Merrick won his first PGA Tour title by picking up the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades after a play-off with Charlie Beljan.
Merrick hit the rough from the tee in the play-off's first hole but from there he played a cool recovery to match Beljan's par before beating him on the second hole, played out on the Riviera Country Club's 10th.
Having played the course since he was a student, Merrick perhaps had an advantage over Beljan but it was the younger man who carried the momentum into the play-off having nailed an 18-foot putt to birdie the 18th.
That gave him an overall score of 11-under which was matched only by Merrick as both Fredrik Jacobsen and Charl Schwartzel fell by the wayside at the last - Jacobsen due to a sloppy final putt.
Luke Donald's hopes of challenging for the title ended at the 12th hole as he carded a triple bogey. That meant a round of four-over and was a disappointing end to his tournament which promised much after a three-under round on day two.
Webb Simpson ultimately shared sixth spot after he played a back nine in which he found par eight times and bogeyed once.