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William McGirt

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

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World No. 50 William McGirt signed for a 2-under-par 34-35=69 after the final round of the RBC Heritage to post 11-under 273, up three places into a season-best T3, two short of champion Wesley Bryan, who shot 67. UPDATE: 18 of the top 50 OWGR were in the field, one, McGirt, finished in the top 10.
A total of 33 players that competed in last week's Masters teed it up at Harbour Town and the South Carolina resident was the only one of them to finish in the top 10. This was his seventh straight RBC and third top 10, second consecutive, bettering a pair of T9s in 2014 and last year. It was the 37-year-old's 13th start of the season and third top 10, brushing aside a duo of T9s (SBS TOC; WGC-Match Play), and checked in off T22 in his Masters debut. After opening in trip 68s, he began T6, four back of leader Jason Dufner and outpaced bogey-5 at 12 with birdies at Nos. 1, 5 and 16. McGirt striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, posting 1.813 putts per GIR and a disappointing -0.634 SG: Putting, missing five scoring tries from inside of 15 feet. Apr 16 - 7:09 PM

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World No. 50 William McGirt fashioned a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the RBC Heritage to post 9-under 204, up four spots to T6, four shy of 54-hole leader Jason Dufner.

The South Carolina resident split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, posting a -0.070 SG: Tee-to-Green. He squared a lone bogey at the par-4 eighth, salvaging a 1-putt 5 from 6'6", offset by four birdies at holes 2, 5, 9 and 15. The 37-year-old circled each of the three par 5s -- after birdieing none of them in Round 2, adding birdie-3 at nine from 11'11". He registered 1.750 putts per GIR and 2.475 SG: Putting, buoyed by three par-savers on the inward half from between five and six feet.
Apr 15 - 6:36 PM

World No. 50 William McGirt fashioned a 3-under-par 37-31=68 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage to reach halftime on 6-under 136, up 12 spots on the live leaderboard to T7, four adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader Graham DeLaet.

The South Carolina resident is making his seventh appearance with two prior top 10s among four cashes, both T9s (2016, 2014). He arrived off a T22 in his Masters debut, which was second-best of 19 first-timers, and was a fourth top 25 this season in 12 events. The 37-year-old kicked off with 68 (five birdies, two bogeys) and carded the same numbers on Day 2. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, recording 1.692 putts per GIR and 0.515 SG: Putting at last check. McGirt squared the seventh and ninth, the latter a 3-jack from 12'10", offset by birdies at 4, 10, 11, 14 and 17, all from inside of 13 feet.
Apr 14 - 12:35 PM

William McGirt went out early in a twosome and styled a 1-over-par 35-58=73 during the second round of the 81st Masters Tournament, posting a very early clubhouse lead on 2-under 142 with a lot of action remaining on cut-sweat Friday.

McGirt was paired with Rod Pampling today and they went out in Group 1, allowing them to play at their own pace, finishing the round in just 4 hours 17 minutes. They had to play through very chilly temperatures but they likely got the weakest range of wind any group will face today. After a brilliant first round, McGirt returned to split 12 (of 14) fairways today but could only muster up 5 GIR. His short game saved him time after time today, needing just 24 putts while avoiding any three-putts for a second straight day. With winds picking up and greens firming up, McGirt's round of 73 looks very good right now and may look even better by day's end.
Apr 7 - 12:34 PM

William McGirt breezed through Augusta National Golf Club en route to a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the 81st Masters Tournament, posting the first sub-70 score of the week to stake his claim as the early leader in the clubhouse.

Playing in blustery conditions today, McGirt used timely putting to keep this round together. While his scoring holes were largely a result of good ball-striking, it was great putting that helped him save par, time after time. McGirt rolled in five par-saving putts from outside six feet today. The South Carolina resident is not too far from home this week, perhaps helping his comfort level despite having never played Augusta National in competition before today's round. McGirt is making just his fifth career start in a major championship, missing the cut in three of them before exploding with a T10 at last year's PGA Championship. If he holds onto the lead by day's end it will be his fifth career lead/co-lead after 18 holes, most recently the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (T7).
Apr 6 - 4:45 PM

William McGirt readies for his course debut at Augusta National Golf Club as he preps for this week's Masters Tournament.

McGirt enters the week ranked 78th in the FedExCup standings after a 7-for-11 start to the season. He cracked the field this week thanks to his win at last year's Memorial Tournament, played at another course with very slick greens. The Wofford College product will be making his fifth start in a major championship, missing the cut in his first three before exploding with a T10 at last year's PGA Championship. With just four podium finishes in 186 career starts, McGirt is a long shot to don the green jacket come Sunday, but he still provides value in deeper fantasy formats.
Apr 4 - 9:20 PM

William McGirt sealed a spot in the last 16 of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club with a 1-up victory over Andy Sullivan, earning him a 100% group stage record.

Having negotiated Branden Grace and Brandt Snedeker on Wednesday and Thursday, debutant McGirt continued his smart progress with a solid defeat of the Englishman in a match that witnessed just one bogey between them (Sullivan’s five at the 9th). Before then they had traded front nine birdies at 4 and 8, whilst halving the 8th with another par breaker. McGirt made back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13; Sullivan could only match the first of those to slip 2-down but he ticked 16 to get within one hole. On 18 Sullivan drove near the green, but McGirt knocked his 132-yard approach to kick-in range before Sullivan followed suit from 43-yards for the half in birdie-3s. McGirt will play Soren Kjeldsen in the last 16.
Mar 24 - 2:41 PM

William McGirt scored his second upset victory at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas after beating 15th seed Branden Grace 2-and-1.

McGirt (48) took down Brandt Snedeker on day one and assured himself a playoff at minimum thanks to his battling win over Grace at windy Austin CC today. A 13'1" birdie conversion gave McGirt an early lead but Grace won the second and fifth to move 1-up and held that advantage to the turn. McGirt levelled the match at 10 and holed testy putts in the strong winds at 12 and 13 to jump into a 2-up lead. A bogey at 15 allowed Grace to cut that lead in half but when the South African missed from six feet at 17, McGirt holed from a similar distance to claim his second notable scalp. A half point tomorrow against Andy Sullivan will secure his spot in the Round of 16 and he wouldn't even need that if Grace v Snedeker match doesn't produce a winner. At worst, he'll get to try his luck in a playoff.
Mar 23 - 7:23 PM

William McGirt rallied late to secure a first-round upset, winning 2-up over Brandt Snedeker at this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The 48th-seeded McGirt swallowed a bogey at the par-4 second to find himself 1-down to 19th-seeded Brandt Snedeker early on. McGirt would even the score by splashing home a 12'8" birdie at the par-3 fourth hole. The duo would scribble the same score for eight straight holes following that before Snedeker ended the silence with a 14'7" birdie roll at the 13th. McGirt rebounded nicely to win the next two holes and Snedeker secured his fate on the closing 18th when he found trouble off the tee. This was McGirt's first Match Play experience and after the round admitted to forgetting simple things throughout the round like telling Snedeker his short putts were good. Despite the lack of experience, McGirt now has one point in his favor ahead of a round two matchup against Branden Grace who also won his first match today.
Mar 22 - 2:44 PM

William McGirt readies for the high-altitude test of Club de Golf Chapultepec ahead of this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

This week's course will play at more than 7,500 feet above sea-level. McGirt has some experience on the Tour in similar elevation. He finished T3 during the 2010 Colombia Championship, played at Bogota CC which checks in at 8,400 feet above sea-level. More recently, McGirt missed the cut (on the number) at last week's Honda Classic and is 5-for-8 overall to kick off the new campaign. If accuracy becomes a key factor at Chapultepec, then McGirt would be a valuable name to own in deeper fantasy formats.
Mar 1 - 12:02 PM

World No. 48 William McGirt tossed up a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach 11-under 202, up four places on the live leaderboard to T7.

After opening in 69-67, the 37-year-old improved to 6-for-6 at TPC Scottsdale. He has nothing worse than a T32 finish (2013) and a best of T19 in 2014. The Wofford College alum found 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.802 strokes tee-to-green though just 0.368 SG: Putting. He squared a lone bogey at the par-3 16th on a failed sand save (to a chorus of boos), but camouflaged it with six birdies, including five birdie-3s. McGirt converted five conventional, each from inside of 15 feet, adding one from the fringe at the par-4 14th (from 23'3").
Feb 4 - 5:09 PM

William McGirt coasted to a 4-under-par 35-32=67 during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, climbing to 6-under 136 to find himself four strokes off the pace set by the 36-hole co-leaders.

McGirt opened on the back nine and did all of his scoring before making the turn. Most notable was a 41'7" birdie splash at the loudest hole in golf, the par-3 16th. He converted three other putts from the 7-to-14 foot range. Through two days of action, McGirt has squared just one bogey, coming today at the par-4 14th when he couldn't knock in a 9'8" par-saving attempt. The biggest weapon has been his flat stick as he currently ranks sixth in the field in regards to strokes gained putting (+4.171). The 37-year-old is now 6-for-6 in his career at The People's Open.
Feb 3 - 7:58 PM

World No. 50 William McGirt stalled out to an even-par 32-41=73 in the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to finish off his tournament debut on 14-under 278, good for a three-way T9 and matching Tony Finau for top debutant.

The 37-year-old began the finale on 14-under (T3), four back of overnight leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he went out in bogey-free 4-under with birdies on Nos. 2, 5, 7 (24'5") and 8. The North Carolina native was in solo 2nd at the break, three back of Thomas, but that's when the wheels fell off, beginning with a 4-putt double bogey-6 at 10. He bounced back with birdie at the par-3 11th, but then suffered a one-putt double bogey-6 at the 12th. McGirt sandwiched birdie at the par-5 15th with bogeys at 14 and 16, the latter a 3-jack from 33'6". He led the field in greens in regulation at 88.89 percent (64/72) and had been bogey-free for 50 holes before the debacle at the 10th. This is McGirt's first top 10 of the season in his third start.
Jan 8 - 9:16 PM

World No. 50 William McGirt styled a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-33=66 in today's third round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to post 14-under 205, up seven places to solo 4th and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, McGirt is T3 and tied the low round with Hideki Matsuyama.

The 37-year-old continues his stellar play in his tourney debut, navigating his second consecutive blemish-free round and is now bogey-free for his last 41 holes. He striped 14 (of 15) fairways and peppered 17 greens in regulation, currently pacing the field in the latter at 90.74 percent (49/54). The Wofford College alum birdied each of the four par 5s and added birdie-3s at Nos. 4, 10 and 14. He converted four from between seven and 15 feet, contributing to a tidy 2.770 SG: Putting and 1.588 putts per GIR.
Jan 7 - 7:10 PM

William McGirt breezed through The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, carding a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-35=69 during round two of the SBS Tournament of Champions, finding himself hovering around the top-10 mark on 7-under 139.

Making his tournament debut this week, McGirt opened with a five-birdie, two-bogey effort this week. He circled one less birdie today, but eliminated bogeys entirely. It's easy to see why the card remained blemish-free as he pelted all 18 greens in regulation. If he didn't lose 0.789 strokes putting, this round could have been something very special. McGirt converted just one putt from outside four feet today. The 37-year-old will need to pick up the slack with the flat stick if he wants to find himself in contention come Sunday.
Jan 6 - 9:22 PM