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William McGirt |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/21/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200
College: Wofford College

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William McGirt is a South Carolina resident and will make the drive to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage.
While McGirt lives in the Upstate and this tournament takes place in the Lowcountry, he will have plenty of support this week. Perhaps that has been a distraction in the past, as his history at Harbour Town includes two missed cuts and a T88 last year. Since his near miss at a breakthrough win at the Northern Trust Open in February, he's yet to crack a top 25. Apr 14 - 8:55 PM

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William McGirt turned in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 for his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

Well, if you were concerned that his third-round 78 en route to the MDF at The Honda Classic would pose a problem for today, you can exhale. He hit 13 greens in regulation and buried six birdies against two bogeys. It's his fifth sub-70 in the first round in seven events since the holidays. He's two strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead.
Mar 6 - 3:39 PM

William McGirt had his eyes on contending for The Honda Classic title in the third round, but his 8-over-par 40-38-78 caused him to fall victim to the 54-hole cut at 2-over 212.

Others joining McGirt with MDFs were Davis Love III (212), Mark Calcavecchia (212), Erik Compton (212), Scott Brown (213), Y.E. Yang (213), Brice Garnett (213), Jamie Lovemark (213) and Heath Slocum (214). That leaves exactly 70 players remaining for the final round at PGA National.
Mar 1 - 5:50 PM

William McGirt trailed his opening, bogey-free 65 at The Honda Classic with a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round.

He played his first 15 holes today in bogey-free 2-under with two birdies, including a roll from 21'6" at the par-4 eighth hole. McGirt then suffered his first dropped shot with a bogey-5 at 16 where he found a greenside bunker on approach. At 6-under 134 through two rounds, he's five strokes off the 36-hole lead.
Feb 28 - 6:02 PM

William McGirt spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of The Honda Classic to earn a share of the clubhouse lead.

McGirt is fresh off his best finish of the season -- T6 at the Northern Trust Open -- so he's merely extended that form across the country. He missed only three (of 14) fairways and went 6-for-6 in scrambling while circling an eagle (from two feet at the par-5 third hole) and three birdies. His longest par breaker measured 24'11" at 12, but he might site a pair of par saves as the most critical conversions. The hefty pro poured in a putt for par from 18'7" at the par-4 14th and rolled in another from five yards just off the green at the par-3 17th.
Feb 27 - 1:30 PM

William McGirt suffered a 2-over-par 36-37=73 in the final round of the Northern Trust Open, falling into a share of sixth at 10-under 274.

The finale started well enough for McGirt, with a birdie on the par-5 first hole, but he quickly gave the stroke back with a bogey at the second. He also squared bogeys at the par-4 ninth and 15th holes, with the other 14 resulting in pars. He had numerous looks at birdie, but the flat stick wouldn't cooperate. He lost 2.076 strokes putting in the final round. Given this was his first 54-hole lead, nerves were to be expected.
Feb 16 - 6:32 PM

William McGirt lit up Riviera Country Club for a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of the Northern Trust Open and holds a two-stroke advantage, at 12-under 201, with one round to play.

McGirt came out firing on all cylinders, circling birdies on five of his first six holes, with a bogey at the difficult par-3 fourth hole busting up the birdie binge. He would then add birdies at the 10th, 11th and 13th holes before suffering his second and final blemish at the par-4 15th before parring to the clubhouse. Simply put, the putter has been the difference this week. He ranks second in the field in strokes gained-putting, picking up just shy of four strokes in the third round and just under three per round for the week. The irons haven't been bad either, ranking fourth for the tournament. Twice a runner-up in the RBC Canadian Open, the Wofford College product will try and close out his first PGA TOUR win in Sunday's final round.
Feb 15 - 5:45 PM

William McGirt carded a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in his second round of the Northern Trust Open.

After Thursday's lid-lifter during which he rode a hot putter to a 69, today's walk around Riviera featured 15 greens in regulation. He went just 1-for-3 in scrambling and added a three-putt bogey from just inside 40 feet at the par-3 sixth hole, but McGirt converted an eagle (from 26 feet at 1) and five birdies to finish at 6-under 136, three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. His birdies included respective rolls of 26'6", 17'1" and 12'1" at the 13th, 16th and ninth holes.
Feb 14 - 7:27 PM

William McGirt posted a 2-under-par 33-36=69 for his opening round of the Northern Trust Open.

This was almost a carbon copy of his lid-lifter at Waialae when he hit only nine greens in regulation but shot a 3-under 67. Today's loop around Riviera featured only 10 GIR, but he walked off leading the field in strokes gained-putting with a slip just shy of 3.500. (McGirt's real-time split in the opener of the Sony was just under 3.800.) Among today's set of four birdies were conversions from 14'7", 11'6" and 11 feet at Nos. 1, 6 and 17, respectively. He's two strokes off the pace of the early clubhouse co-leaders.
Feb 13 - 3:07 PM

William McGirt cruised into the weekend at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 2-under-par 34-35=69 to post 8-under 134, four strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He traded five birdies with three bogeys but avoided a pitfall at the par-5 15th hole. After rinsing his approach, he'd roll in an 11-footer to save par. His longest birdie conversion measured 32 feet at the pat-3 12th. This makes McGirt's 10th round under par in as many tries at TPC Scottsdale. He's also cashed for the third time in as many appearances.
Jan 31 - 2:40 PM

William McGirt posted a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

McGirt was in the first threesome off the first tee in today's late draw. He promptly bogeyed the par-4 first hole where he took a drop for an unplayable lie off the tee. That was the extent of the negative, however, as he went on to hit 12 greens in regulation and convert seven birdies against zero bogeys. Four of his par breakers dropped in from outside 11 feet, including rolls of 17'10" and 16 feet at the second and 11th holes, respectively. He also logged a zero-putt four-yarder at 17. He's now under par in all nine of his competitive walks around TPC Scottsdale. The better of his two previous appearances is a T22 in 2011.
Jan 30 - 6:38 PM

William McGirt opened the Sony Open in Hawaii with a 3-under-par 34-33=67, good for a share of the early clubhouse lead.

He's 2-for-4 this season but hasn't cracked a top 25 since a co-runner-up at the RBC Canadian Open in late July. Today's ball-striking reflected that forgettable form as McGirt split only three (of 14) fairways and landed nine greens in regulation, but he signed his card with a strokes gained-putting split just south of 3.800 thanks for four (of five) birdie conversions from outside 10 feet. The notable among the set measured 23 feet at the seventh hole and 17'4" at 12. After four straight birdies ending at No. 13, he'd swallow two-putt bogeys at 14 and 17.
Jan 9 - 4:58 PM

William McGirt once again retained a PGA TOUR card by virtue of his play the year prior, making him more of a known commodity for gamers.

The Wofford College product has ranked inside the top 100 on the money list in each of the last two season, and made half of his four cuts to kick of 2013-14. It's time to officially shed any thoughts of him being a journeyman at this point, having nearly won the RBC Canadian Open in both 2012 and 2013 with runner-up finishes. Stats seem to suggest that his stock improves as he gets closer to the hole, struggling a little off the tee but more than holding his own with the irons, putter and scrambling around the green.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 02:00:00 PM

William McGirt put up a 7-under-par 32-32=64 in his third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to post 12-under 201, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

William hasn't yet won on the PGA TOUR but he's in his fourth consecutive season on the circuit. It's a real testament to his determination given he's already 34 years of age. Today at TPC Summerlin, he hit 15 greens in regulation and suffered only one bogey while picking up an eagle and six birdies elsewhere. The eagle landed at the par-4 seventh where he holed out the rough 159 yards out. He added another zero-put par breaker, this time from just eight yards away for birdie at 10. His longest conventional conversion measured 17'3" at No. 15.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 04:42:00 PM

William McGirt slides into the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 99th in the FedExCup Standings.

McGirt missed the cut at The Barclays last week and had to watch the leaderboard on Sunday to find out his fate. Fortunately for him, only five players moved from outside the top 100 into safety and he advanced. He's played TPC Boston twice before, making the cut both times and improving from T42 in 2011 to T26 last year.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 08:55:00 PM