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February 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
John Merrick, a Long Beach Wilson High graduate and a Pac-10 champion at UCLA, collected his first victory on the PGA Tour by defeating Charlie Beljan on the second playoff hole in the Northern Trust Open on Sunday at Riviera Country Club. Beljan, the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and a 2007 All-American at New Mexico, had a chance to extend the playoff to a third hole but he missed a five-foot par putt. "I can't put this into words,” an emotional Merrick said afterward.
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February 13, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Dustin Johnson is no stranger to the sacred sports grounds of Southern California. It was about three weeks ago that he took the field at Dodger Stadium, in front of a sellout crowd. Johnson is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, daughter of the Great One. So, when the Kings and Ducks played at the ballpark, Johnson and the rest of the family watched the teams warm up on the makeshift rink behind the pitcher's mound, posed for a group photo, and saw Wayne Gretzky drop the ceremonial first puck.
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February 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
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February 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
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February 17, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The playoff that led to the payoff at Riviera Country Club was always so freeway close, yet it took seven years of weaving through all the traffic. Isn't that life in L.A.? John Merrick was born in Long Beach, played at UCLA and had scuffed around the pro ranks since 2004 looking for his first PGA Tour win. He'd played Riviera Country Club many times, never with a $1.18-million purse at stake, and watched the Northern Trust Open as a spectator. He remembers, as a fan, standing 10 feet from 2001 winner Robert Allenby.
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June 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot his third straight two-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O'Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Love committed to play in Memphis only recently, waiting to make sure he was healthy enough to use this event as a final tuneup for the U.S. Open after qualifying Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Love, who hasn't won since 2008, had three birdies and only one bogey Saturday to match O'Hern and Merrick at six-under 204. O'Hern had a 67, and Merrick shot 69. Rory McIlroy , who will try to successfully defend his U.S. Open title next week at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a two-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies to drop in a tie at five under.
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July 23, 2001 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a competitive golfer to become successful, he must eventually learn the difference between a high finish and winning. For John Merrick, that time has arrived. Merrick, 19, from Long Beach, shot a final-round three-under-par 69 Sunday at La Jolla Country Club, fended off a late charge by his UCLA teammate Travis Johnson and won the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship.
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June 27, 2003 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
As John Merrick contemplates his future in golf, one thing is clear: He needs to branch out. A successful golfer on the local scene since his days as a teenager growing up in Long Beach, Merrick, a senior-to-be at UCLA, has begun thinking about bigger things. National things. That's why the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship this weekend at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla is probably his last hurrah on the local scene.
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February 13, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Dustin Johnson is no stranger to the sacred sports grounds of Southern California. It was about three weeks ago that he took the field at Dodger Stadium, in front of a sellout crowd. Johnson is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, daughter of the Great One. So, when the Kings and Ducks played at the ballpark, Johnson and the rest of the family watched the teams warm up on the makeshift rink behind the pitcher's mound, posed for a group photo, and saw Wayne Gretzky drop the ceremonial first puck.
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July 26, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Ducks on Friday signed promising forward Kyle Palmieri to a three-year contract extension valued at $4.4 million, the team said Friday. Palmieri will earn $1.35 million in the coming season, $1.45 million in 2014-15 and $1.6 million in 2015-16, according to a hockey official familiar with the contract but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The 22-year-old opened the season on the Ducks' first line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but was later slotted with other teammates as Coach Bruce Boudreau worked to maximize Palmieri's speed and shot accuracy.
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February 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
John Merrick, a Long Beach Wilson High graduate and a Pac-10 champion at UCLA, collected his first victory on the PGA Tour by defeating Charlie Beljan on the second playoff hole in the Northern Trust Open on Sunday at Riviera Country Club. Beljan, the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and a 2007 All-American at New Mexico, had a chance to extend the playoff to a third hole but he missed a five-foot par putt. "I can't put this into words,” an emotional Merrick said afterward.
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February 17, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The playoff that led to the payoff at Riviera Country Club was always so freeway close, yet it took seven years of weaving through all the traffic. Isn't that life in L.A.? John Merrick was born in Long Beach, played at UCLA and had scuffed around the pro ranks since 2004 looking for his first PGA Tour win. He'd played Riviera Country Club many times, never with a $1.18-million purse at stake, and watched the Northern Trust Open as a spectator. He remembers, as a fan, standing 10 feet from 2001 winner Robert Allenby.
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February 17, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The man who won the Northern Trust Open in a playoff Sunday called it "one of the great par fours we play. " The man who lost in the playoff called it "funky" and added, "They might as well put a windmill out there. " So, although the record books will show that Long Beach's John Merrick won the golf event in a playoff with Charlie Beljan, the real winner appeared to be, as usual, No. 10 at Riviera Country Club. That's where the tournament ended, same as last year. Second playoff hole, same as last year.
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June 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot his third straight two-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O'Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Love committed to play in Memphis only recently, waiting to make sure he was healthy enough to use this event as a final tuneup for the U.S. Open after qualifying Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Love, who hasn't won since 2008, had three birdies and only one bogey Saturday to match O'Hern and Merrick at six-under 204. O'Hern had a 67, and Merrick shot 69. Rory McIlroy , who will try to successfully defend his U.S. Open title next week at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a two-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies to drop in a tie at five under.
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January 26, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
From the desert comes an obituary that requires no condolences: The reputation of Pat Perez as that hot-headed dude who regurgitated a four-shot lead at Pebble Beach in 2002, made quadruple-bogey on the 72nd hole while leading by one, did really mean things to his three-wood and never has won on the PGA Tour, ended Sunday. It died at age 6 in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, yielding to the fresh image of a rather stoic Perez striking a six-iron in a gusty late-afternoon chill on No.
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July 26, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Ducks on Friday signed promising forward Kyle Palmieri to a three-year contract extension valued at $4.4 million, the team said Friday. Palmieri will earn $1.35 million in the coming season, $1.45 million in 2014-15 and $1.6 million in 2015-16, according to a hockey official familiar with the contract but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The 22-year-old opened the season on the Ducks' first line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but was later slotted with other teammates as Coach Bruce Boudreau worked to maximize Palmieri's speed and shot accuracy.
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January 26, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
From the desert comes an obituary that requires no condolences: The reputation of Pat Perez as that hot-headed dude who regurgitated a four-shot lead at Pebble Beach in 2002, made quadruple-bogey on the 72nd hole while leading by one, did really mean things to his three-wood and never has won on the PGA Tour, ended Sunday. It died at age 6 in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, yielding to the fresh image of a rather stoic Perez striking a six-iron in a gusty late-afternoon chill on No.
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June 27, 2003 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
As John Merrick contemplates his future in golf, one thing is clear: He needs to branch out. A successful golfer on the local scene since his days as a teenager growing up in Long Beach, Merrick, a senior-to-be at UCLA, has begun thinking about bigger things. National things. That's why the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship this weekend at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla is probably his last hurrah on the local scene.
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July 23, 2001 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a competitive golfer to become successful, he must eventually learn the difference between a high finish and winning. For John Merrick, that time has arrived. Merrick, 19, from Long Beach, shot a final-round three-under-par 69 Sunday at La Jolla Country Club, fended off a late charge by his UCLA teammate Travis Johnson and won the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship.
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