Former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt who now calls Meridian home, fired an opening round 6 under par 65 today at the Bryon Nelson golf classic in Dallas.

Denny McCarthy set the pace with an 8 under 63 and there were some 64's but Merritt, who has dealt with injuries and surgeries this past year has put himself into great position after one round.

Merritt hasn't played often this season but when he has he's played well and has won just about $600,000.