Merritt a playoff winner in Mexico|
Leon, Mexico (Sports Network) - Troy Merritt needed one playoff hole Sunday to
defeat Adam Bland and win the Mexico Open.
Merritt, who shared the third-round lead, closed with a three-under 69. Bland,
a two-time winner on the Canadian Tour, fired an eight-under 64 on Sunday.
They finished at 15-under-par 273.
In the extra session, Merritt birdied the par-five 18th from 20 feet out to
knock off Bland, who missed an eight-foot birdie putt.
"I looked at it from every angle, but I was just trying not to over-read it,"
said Merritt. "That's when you get into trouble. It was a double-breaker that
just caught the low side and went in. It's unfortunate Adam missed that one."
Matthew Richardson ended alone in third place at 13-under-par 275 after
shooting five-under 67 in the final round. Andrew Buckle (70) and Garth Mulroy
(72) ended one stroke further back at minus-12 at El Bosque Golf Club.
Bland, who shared seventh place entering the final round, birdied the first,
then drained three birdies in a four-hole span from the fifth to jump to
The Australian continued his roll with a birdie on the 10th. Bland closed with
birdies on 14, 16 and 18 to finish off a bogey-free round and get into the
clubhouse first at minus-15.
Merritt got off to a quick start with an eagle on the first. He tripped to a
bogey on three, but atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the par-four
He faltered to another bogey at seven to make the turn at minus-13. Merritt
birdied the 10th, but stumbled to a bogey on the 11th. He came back with
birdies on 12 and 13 to get to minus-15.
Merritt dropped a shot as he bogeyed the 14th, but managed to get into the
playoff thanks to a birdie on the par-four 16th.
Steven Bowditch finished alone in sixth at 11-under-par 277 after a final-
round 67. Henrik Bjornstad (65), Matt Hendrix (68), Derek Lamely (68) and
Matthew Every (70) shared seventh place at minus-10.
09/06 20:44:15 ET