Result: John Merrick clinches Northern Trust Open

Result: Merrick clinches Northern Trust Open
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John Merrick claims his first PGA Tour title at the Northern Trust Open with a playoff victory over fellow American Charlie Beljan.

John Merrick has won his first PGA Tour title at the Northern Trust Open with a playoff victory over fellow American Charlie Beljan.

The pair ended the final day tied on 11-under-par at the Riviera Country Club in California following rounds of 69 and 67 respectively.

However, a missed putt for par by Beljan on the second playoff hole saw 30-year-old Merrick claim the victory.

Overnight leaders Fredrik Jacobson and Bae Sang-Moon finished on 10-under and eight-under respectively, while Luke Donald carded a 75 on Sunday to leave him on four-under.

Luke Donald plays a shot during the Northern Trust Open on February 14, 2013
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