That could be about to change.
Merrick posted a 7-under 65 in the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, thanks to an eight-birdie, one-bogey performance on Thursday.
His round was buoyed largely by a strong ball-striking day. In making four consecutive birdies on holes 4 through 7, he needed to make putts from just 3, 6, 1 and 4 feet.
This was Merrick’s first round in the 60s since Feb. 2, a span of nine total rounds.