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DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP


September 3, 2012


John Merrick


NORTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Q.  What's it like emotionally knowing you've got to birdie to get in.  Is that tough?
JOHN MERRICK:¬† Yeah, I started the back of the pack and behind the 8‑ball.¬† I figured I needed a top 10 to probably make it, and I didn't, so I'm probably not going to make it.¬† Not the end of the world.¬† I felt like I played a solid week, just needed a couple more shots.

Q.  Did you know you needed an eagle on the last hole?
JOHN MERRICK:  I kept looking at the board, and it kept saying, if he makes one more stroke then he needs another one or something like that, so I figured I needed two.  I figured I needed to birdie 17 and 18.  I thought I hit a great shot on 17, just went past the hole.  Yeah, just had a tough putt on 18, still hit a good one.
I played solid, just not good enough.  When you start out at 98 you can't expect to just cruise through to the next round.  You've got to play well, and I almost did.

Q.  You have a great attitude, but you came to close.  That's got to be gnawing at you a little bit.
JOHN MERRICK:  Yeah, it is, yeah, to finish that close.  I guess I would rather finish like this than missing the cut or whatever.  I guess I'll just take some time off, and I'm going to probably play a couple times in the fall.

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