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William McGirt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/21/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200

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William McGirt settled for an even-par 34-36=70 in today's final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to conclude his tourney and World Golf Championships debut on 2-under 278, down two spots to T7 with play still in progress.
The 37-year-old was the first-round leader with a bogey-free 64, one of just three blemish-free laps for the entire week, and played the weekend in 70-70. His 74 in Round 2 ended up knocking him out of contention for the Ohio double, after his playoff win at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, for his first TOUR title. McGirt birdied the par-5 second from 4'1" and bogeyed the par-5 16th on a failed scramble, otherwise carding 16 pars. It's his sixth top 10 of the season in 20 starts. Jul 3 - 5:38 PM

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William McGirt orchestrated an even-par 37-33=70 in today's third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to post 2-under 208, down two spots into a three-way T5, three strokes back of 54-hole co-leaders Scott Piercy and Jason Day.

The 37-year-old was the first-round leader after opening his tourney and WGC debut in bogey-free 64. Thru 54 holes, it remains the only blemish-free round of the week. He chased with 74 to begin the third frame on 2-under (T3), two back of Day. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, the Wofford College alum landed eight (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.937 strokes tee-to-green but losing 0.747 on the greens. He birdie three, with a long of 16'5" at the par-5 second, but cancelled them with bogeys on holes 4, 5 and 8, the latter a 3-putt from 40'2".
Jul 2 - 6:15 PM

Overnight leader William McGirt backpedaled in round two of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, recording a 4-over-par 35-39=74, reaching halftime at 2-under 138.

McGirt was a magician on and around the greens in round one, but couldn't duplicate that success today. The second round started off okay, as he rolled in a 3'10" putt for birdie at the par-5 second hole. That would end up being his second-longest converted putt of the entire round. McGirt failed to record another birdie and swallowed three bogeys before double bogeying the closing par-4 18th hole. After a R1 that beat the field average by 7.831 strokes, he lost 1.759 to the field in R2, a 9.59-shot difference. McGirt walked off the course at T4 on the live leaderboard and still in great position as we head into the weekend.
Jul 1 - 5:26 PM

William McGirt bombarded Firestone Country Club with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-33=64 during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Making his tournament debut, McGirt put on a short-game clinic today. He holed out from a greenside bunker (24'4" at the par-3 15th), holed out from the fringe (14'1" at the par-4 17th), holed out from off the green at the last to save par (46'1"), and drained four putts from outside 18 feet. The longest was a 28'11" birdie bomb at the par-3 fifth hole. Overall, he walked off the course gaining 5.507 strokes on, and around, the green. It's extremely unlikely that we see him maintain this short-game play as the week progresses, but he's given himself a nice little head start on the field.
Jun 30 - 2:58 PM

Overnight co-leader William McGirt authored a bogey-free 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament to match Jon Curran on 15-under 273, and then eliminated him with par on the second hole of sudden death.

The 102nd-ranked player in the world snares his maiden TOUR title in his 165th career start. His previous best was T2 three times, most recently at the 2016 Sanderson Farms. With the win, McGirt earns a three-year exemption on TOUR and among other goodies, an invite to the 2017 Masters, where he'll make his debut. He began the finale in a three-way T1 after rounds of 70-68 and a week-tying-low 64. The 36-year-old circled a lone birdie on 16 greens in regulation at the par-5 fifth but it proved enough to get into a playoff. In sudden death, the duo matched pars on the first playing of the par-4 18th before McGirt won on the second trip with an up-and-down par to Curran's bogey. The North Carolina native jumps 27 spots to 10th in the FedExCup standings.
Jun 5 - 6:26 PM

The final round of the Memorial Tournament was suspended at 2:14 p.m. ET due to inclement weather with players being removed from the course. UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 3:30 p.m. UPDATE #2: Play officially resumed at 3:41 p.m. after a delay of 1 hour and 27 minutes.

Tournament officials anticipated this and had moved Sunday's tee times up to an 8:30 a.m. start with threesomes off split tees. William McGirt was in the final threesome off No. 1 tee and co-led with playing competitors Gary Woodland and past champ and 36-hole co-leader Matt Kuchar. Chasing his first TOUR title in his 165th career start, he is bogey-free 1-under thru 12 holes, circling the par-5 fifth from 17'9", and remains tied for the lead with Kuchar on 15-under total. When play resumes, the 36-year-old will be hitting his second to the par-4 13th from 126 yards out in the fairway.
Jun 5 - 2:33 PM

William McGirt authored an 8-under-par 31-33=64 in today's third round of the Memorial to post 14-under 202, up 21 places on the live leaderboard and good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE:With play completed, McGirt is in a three-way tie for the lead with Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar.

This is the 36-year-old's fourth straight appearance with a best of T37 on debut in 2013. He began Moving Day on 6-under (T22), six adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Brendan Steele and Matt Kuchar, after opening in 70-68. That 68 was his first sub-70 score at Muirfield Village in his 12th career lap, and tacked on a week-tying-low 64 today, tied with three others, two of them earlier in R3. McGirt did his damage tee-to-green, gaining 6.080 versus just 0.475 in SGP at last check. He squared a lone bogey on the par-3 16th, three-putting from 27'9", but circled seven birdies and an eagle-3 at the fifth from 45 inches. McGirt's conversions featured three dropping from between 10 and 17 feet and kicked off with a 33-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at the first.
Jun 4 - 3:33 PM

William McGirt tackled the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, posting a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of THE PLAYERS, rocketing up the leaderboard to 7-under 137 on the week.

Gamers were likely worried after an even-par opening round but a five-birdie, one-eagle second round put them at ease. Most importantly, he avoided bogeys, entirely today as he climbed 67 spots on the live leaderboard. The closest to a bogey came at the par-4 14th hole when he needed an 8'6" putt in order to save par. Overall, his round was stress-free as he split 13 (of 14) fairways to keep him in great position all day. The highlight of the round came at the par-5 16th where he splashed in an 18'1" eagle putt. McGirt's previous best at TPC Sawgrass was a 2-under 70, so this eclipses that easily.
May 13 - 12:49 PM

William McGirt crafted a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in today's final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to conclude his fifth appearance on 2-under 286, up 35 places to T16 with play still in progress.

In the finale, the North Carolina native carded back-to-back birdies on holes 4 and 5, and again on 14 and 15. Each of his par breakers traveled less than 11 feet; that is, if you're not counting his 187-yard hole-in-one on the par-3 second (6-iron). For the week, McGirt penciled 15 birdies against 13 bogeys and one double-bogey. Unfortunately, two of those bogeys came back-to-back today on Nos. 16 and 17, putting a slight damper on an otherwise memorable day. Nonetheless, this will be his best finish at Quail Hollow Club, brushing aside a T28 last year.
May 8 - 1:30 PM

William McGirt twirled a 2-under-par 36-34=70 during the first round of this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

The North Carolina native kicked off his scoring for the week at the par-4 third hole where he rolled in a 14-footer for birdie. He overshot the green at the par-4 eighth hole and swallowed a bogey to make the turn at even-par. Coming home he added a pair of tap-in birdies on the par 5s and also added a crucial par-saver from seven feet, at the par-4 12th hole. Despite his Carolina connection, McGirt entered the week with a 1-for-4 record at this event. The one cut made was last year in the form of a T28, so perhaps he's figured out the intricacies of Quail Hollow Club.
May 5 - 12:27 PM

William McGirt orchestrated a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage to post 3-under 281, up 14 places on the leaderboard into a five-way T9.

The South Carolina resident entered the week off a 73rd-place finish and two missed cuts but leaves with his fourth top 10 of the season in 13 events. His T9 also matches a personal best at Hilton Head in his sixth appearance, posting the same result in 2014. The 36-year-old began his final frame in 23rd place on 1-under, a distant six in arrears of 54-hole leader Luke Donald, but only two shy of the overnight top 10. He was bogey-free 3-under thru 16 holes, circling birdies at Nos. 4, 9 and 12, the latter a pitch-in from 28'8", but squared a lone bogey with a failed sand save at the par-3 17th. Elsewhere, he went 8-for-9 in scrambling, culminating with a 7'7" par putt on the last to complete a sand save and maintain the top-10 finish.
Apr 17 - 8:01 PM

With a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the second round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach, William McGirt posted a two-day total of 2-over 146 and missed the cut by three shots.

A total of 70 players made the weekend on 1-under 143. McGirt, a 22/1 pre-tourney outright, wasn't one of them after posting twin 73s. He overshadowed five birdies against seven bogeys over his two rounds. The 36-year-old entered the week with six top 25s in 10 starts, but after a 73rd at last week's Arnold Palmer (of 76), he's off to next week's Shell Houston Open with some serious question marks. Joining McGirt with early exits: 144- Scott Stallings (on his 31st b-day); amateur Frankie Capan (TOUR debut); John Daly; 2014 champ Chesson Hadley ... 145- Renato Paratore (TOUR debut) ... 147- Jon Curran ... 148- Morgan Hoffmann ... 149- Kyle Stanley; Rory Sabbatini ... 150- Seung-Yul Noh ... 151- Shawn Stefani.
Mar 25 - 9:06 PM

William McGirt navigated Bay Hill Club and Lodge with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to kick off his week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McGirt was striking the ball beautifully today, striping 12 (of 14) fairways on his way to 14 greens in regulation. He walked onto the 18th tee box with a bogey-free card, but landed his approach shot in the greenside bunker, splashing out to 26'3" and settling for a two-putt bogey. Regardless of the blemish at the last hole, this 3-under round goes in the books as his third lowest round at Bay Hill in 19 career rounds.
Mar 17 - 12:10 PM

William McGirt smoothed a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the finale of The Honda Classic for a 72-hole tally of 2-under 278, up 13 places on the live leaderboard to T9. UPDATE: With play completed, McGirt finished in a two-way T8.

After opening his sixth Honda in 66-72-73, McGirt began his final frame at 1-over (T22). He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation posting 1.667 putts per GIR. The 36-year-old circled birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 11 and 15, including a 25'7" bomb at the par-4 sixth and two others from between 10 and 16 feet. His lone bogey was a failed scramble at the par-4 ninth. McGirt will eclipse his previous best of T22 in last year's edition and will record his sixth top 25 of the season on nine starts -- and possibly his third top 10.
Feb 28 - 3:37 PM

William McGirt settled for a 2-over-par 36-36=72 during the second round of the Honda Classic, currently at 2-under 138 and four strokes off the lead.

McGirt kicked off round two on the back nine with a bogey on the difficult 508-yard, par-4 10th hole. He cruised to eight straight pars, failing to make a putt outside four feet until the 7'5" birdie roll on the par-4 first. He came in with three more bogeys, adding just one more circle to his card. The Wofford product has landed an impressive 24 greens in regulation thus far, but his putter needs to heat up over the weekend if he wants to remain near the top.
Feb 26 - 11:37 AM