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June 9, 2012

John Merrick


Q.  John, when we talked yesterday you said "going to keep my head down and keep plugging along."
JOHN MERRICK:  It was good.  Kind of grinded it out.  Tough conditions out there today.  Really windy, tough to pull a club.  I had some kind of icky points in the middle of the round and hung in there, made a long bogey putt, I think on 13, and then made a long par putt on 15, which kind of saved my round.
I was able to birdie 16 and 17.  So it was kind of one those rounds it could have gone either way and kind of grinded through and finished strong.  I was really pleased.

Q.  I don't know if you're the type of guy that looks at the number you might have to shoot during a certain round.  Did you have any idea that a 1-under for you today would have you atop the leaderboard?
JOHN MERRICK:  This course is sneaky.  Once the wind starts blowing, the greens get firmer.  You don't need to make a ton of birdies.  You need to play smart and make a bunch of pars, kind of grind it out you can move up the leaderboard.

Q.  Scrambling, I looked at these numbers.  Nineteen times up you had to make a up and down.  Sixteen times you did it.
JOHN MERRICK:  Yeah.  It's like past tournaments I feel like my ball-striking has been the same as this week.  I haven't been kind of chipping and putting this week.  I'm chipping and putting better.

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