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Former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt positions himself to make the Masters cut

Merritt has skyrocketed up the leader board on the second day of the tournament.

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After bogeying four holes, and making birdies on two more, Merritt ended the first round with a 74 which had him tied for 43rd. With a decent second round, a one under par 71 that saw only one bogey and two birdies, he has now positioned himself to make the cut and continue on into the weekend (currently tied for 14th). As it stands, only Merritt, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy have all shot second round-bests 71.

The former Bronco, and 2008 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, had ended his senior campaign for Boise State by winning five-straight tournaments that included the WAC championships.

In 2015, Merritt won the Quicken Loans National. That guarantees his tour card for two years and allows him some security and relax a little more regarding his tournament selection.

Security means that Merritt can be more selective in choosing when and where he plays. In addition, limiting the amount of tournaments he participates in will keep him fresh.

That ability to remain fresh could prove to be a boon for Merritt as he tries to make a name for himself at the Masters.

As a rookie this year, he has a running blog detailing his first experience at the prestigious tournament.

While big time tournaments like this can prove to be somewhat troublesome for athletes, look for Merritt to continue his successful run.

Maybe some more of his mom's lasagna will help.

Update 4/9/2016:

Troy Merritt struggled on Saturday.

Hopefully he will be able to bounce back.

Here is tomorrow's tee time for Merritt.