In August of 2015, Troy Merritt surprised the golf world when he won the PGA Tour Quicken Loans National at Virginia's Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. He had been struggling throughout the season, having fallen short of five sequential cuts and missed out on a top-50 ranking for four months. Having missed many of his lost cuts by two shots or fewer, he changed his address hand position and re-aligned his putters for the Quicken Loans National.
Merritt won the National by three strokes and secured his first PGA Tour victory. The win earned him a guaranteed spot in PGA play for two years. The win stands out as the most lucrative of his career, exceeding his playoff win at the $1 million all-season Kodak challenge. In both competitions, Merritt came out ahead of the same rival.