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The Northern Trust Open kicked off its 2014 event on Monday at UCLA.
Northern Trust Open Launches 2014 Event at UCLA
By: UCLA Athletics
LOS ANGELES - UCLA graduate John Merrick, the defending Northern Trust Open champion, formally launched the 2014 tournament Monday, along with a group of players, coaches and tournament officials, at UCLA’s J.D. Morgan Center Press Room.

Complete press conference video below.

Merrick, who won his first PGA Tour event in a playoff last year at historic Riviera Country Club, returned to his college alma mater flanked by his former college coach, O.D. Vincent, now the Executive Director of the Northern Trust Open. Current UCLA head coach Derek Freeman and sophomore All-American Jonathan Garrick were also panelists.

Mike Bone, the General Manager of the Northern Trust Open, moderated the press conference, which was attended by a full house of Los Angeles media.

Merrick lettered four seasons (2000-04) for the UCLA golf team, and played for Vincent his final two years (2003-03 and 2003-04). He holds the school record of 165 career rounds played, and averaged 72.9. In 2003 at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, he won the Pac-10 championship, firing a final round 63 with three eagles on his card to beat Arizona’s Ricky Barnes by 12 shots. Merrick also won the 2003 Inverness Invitational as a senior.

As a professional for the past nine years, Merrick, 31, has won nearly $8 million, including last year’s NTO title. In 2013, he earned more than $2 million and recorded six Top 25 finishes.

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Sunday, Feb 28
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
8th (+30, 894)
Monday, Feb 29
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Tuesday, Mar 08
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Wednesday, Mar 09
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
15th (+60, 924)
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Friday, Mar 25
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
T-14th (+31, 871)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
9th (+39, 1,089)
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Sunday, May 01
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
8th (+45, 1,465)
Monday, May 16
vs. NCAA Regionals
Kohler, WI
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Tuesday, May 17
vs. NCAA Regionals
Kohler, WI
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Wednesday, May 18
vs. NCAA Regionals
Kohler, WI
10th (+12, 876)
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