With the 15th hole playing at 279 yards, Merritt hit a driver that bounced and rolled to what was officially listed as 9 inches from the cup.
“I hit a little fade off the tee,” he explained. “It just happened to be right at the pin. Took a couple of nice little bounces and rolled up there. We kicked it in and went to 16.”
The eagle helped Merritt shoot 66 after opening with a 71.