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Merriott captures 2021 Match Play Title

Posted: June 20th, 2021

Jon Marriott made his father’s day extra special by capturing his first EDGA major title with a 2up victory over Alex Weir in the 2021 EDGA Match Play Championship sponsored by Marquette Savings Bank.

Merriott never trailed in the match and built as much as a 3 up lead. The match would, however, go to the 18th hole.

Both players matched pars on the first three holes before Marriott took his first lead with a 20 foot birdie putt on the fourth. He extended that lead to two when Weir’s errant tee shot led to a bogey on 5. Weir bounce right back hitting is tee shot on the par 3 sixth to 7 feet and and then converted the birdie.

Merriott hit a poor approach to the seventh and was unable to get up and down for par bringing the match back to even. Both players were close to the eighth green in two (a par 5) and this time Merriott was able to get up and down for birdie, chipping to a foot while Weir was unable to convert his birdie attempt.

Both players reached the green on the par 3 ninth. Merriott putted first, draining his 30 foot sidewinder, much to the appreciation of the crowd of fans on the veranda. Weir kept the buzz going draining his 20 footer from just off the back of the green to halve the hole.

Merriott extended his birdie run to 3 after hitting his approach on the tenth to 3 feet to move the lead to 2 up. Weir found the trees right of the fairway bunkers on 11 and then hit his approach over the green leaving the hole to Marriott’s par. His lead was 3 up at that point.

The players found the par 3 12th particularly challenging with its front far-left pin placement as Weir three putted from the right side of the green and Marriott also three-putted from just off the front of the green.

Weir was finally able to get a hole back when Marriot three-putted again on the 13th. Both players missed the par 3 14th and Marriott’s bunker shot would also not find the green. He was able to save his bogey but Weir chipped close and made par to bring Marriott’s lead back to 1.

Both players found themselves short and right of the front pin placement on the par 5 15th. Weir’s putt from 12 feet just missed leaving Marriott a change to regain his 2 up lead from 6 feet. He rolled that putt in and stood 2 up with 3 to play. The lead would hold through 16 as well as both players had reasonable birdie opportunities but neither was able to convert and the match was dormie.

With an opportunity to win the match, Marriott missed his tee shot into the trees on the right. His punch out found the front bunker and he went on to make bogey from there. Weir was down the middle and on the green making par and sending the match to the final hole.

Weir needed to put some pressure on Marriott and was unable as his tee shot found the trees on the hillside right of the fairway. Marriott found the fairway and then the front of the green leaving Weir with little hope. Weir punched out to the right of the green and left his chip about 10 feet short. Marriott left his long birdie putt short as well but when Weir was unable to convert his par saving putt the match was conceded to Marriott, 2 up.

Thanks to Scott Jenkins and Jon Patterson and the staff at Lawrence Park for helping put on this championship for the EDGA.

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