Troy Merritt had strong credentials as a PGA Tour rookie, just not the hype.
Even though he set an NCAA record by winning five straight tournaments at Boise State, and last month went wire-to-wire at Q-school to earn his PGA Tour card, he was overlooked Thursday in Hawaii's Sony Open while playing next to 21-year-old Rickie Fowler.
If that wasn't enough, the standard-bearer had the wrong name on the sign - Merrick - which wasn't fixed for an hour.
By the end of the round, he was starting to make a name for himself.
One of four rookies who had never teed it up on the PGA Tour, the 24-year-old played with poise at Waialae for a 5-under 65 that gave him a share of the lead with Davis Love III, defending champion Zach Johnson, Ryan Palmer, Robert Allenby and John Merrick.
Ten other players, including Steve Stricker, were tied at 4-under.
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