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William McGirt |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/21/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200
College: Wofford College

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William McGirt turned in a 2-under-par 35-34=69 for his work in the third round of the John Deere Classic, falling into a tie for fourth at 14-under 199.
McGirt got things going with a 35'10" birdie at the par-4 fourth but then gave it back with a bogey at the par-4 ninth. He took advantage of birdies on each of the par 5s on TPC Deere Run's back nine. He missed just one fairway in the third round, landing 13 GIR in the process, but lost .075 strokes with the putter. Perhaps he will mount a charge for his first PGA TOUR victory on Sunday now that the pressure of an overnight lead has been removed. Jul 12 - 6:01 PM

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William McGirt backed up his opening 64 at the John Deere Classic with a 5-under-par 36-30=66 in his second round to post 12-under 130, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

McGirt finished three strokes lower than anyone in the late-early draw through two rounds. He went just 3-for-6 in scrambling for three bogeys today, but manufactured eight birdies, including six on his inward nine (the front side of TPC Deere Run). Three of his conventional birdies disappeared from outside 13 feet, the longest stretching 22'1" at the par-3 third hole. He also holed out for birdie from seven yards away and in front of the green at the par-3 seventh.
Jul 11 - 2:23 PM

William McGirt spun a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the John Deere Classic.

At 96th in FedExCup points, McGirt is all but safe to get to the Playoffs, but today's effort could prove to be the clincher. He went 5-for-5 in scrambling and circled seven birdies at TPC Deere Run. The set featured a zero-putt five-yarder at the par-5 second hole and four conventional conversions from outside 10 feet. The highlight measured 23'5" at the par-5 10th. He signed his card with a strokes gained-putting clip of just north of 2.460 and sits one stroke off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Jul 10 - 7:45 PM

William McGirt has been removed from the published field of this week's Quicken Loans National.

He shared 31st place at TPC River Highlands on Sunday and sits 87st in the FedExCup standings. While today's decision is unexpected, McGirt has put himself in position to retain his fully exempt status earlier than in any previous season, so it's a well-deserved week off regardless of the circumstances.
Jun 25 - 11:31 AM

William McGirt fashioned a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the third round of the Travelers Championship to reach 54 holes at 6-under 204.

McGirt wasn't flashy today but was blemish-free as he navigated TPC River Highlands. Back-to-back lengthy birdie putts on the 14th and 15th highlighted the round. He's likely out of contention for the win at this point, but will have an opportunity on Sunday to secure his fifth top 25 of the season. McGirt appears to have the course figured out, signing for red numbers in five of his last seven TPC River Highland rounds.
Jun 21 - 3:11 PM

William McGirt will try and carry some momentum from his T32 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic into his start in the Travelers Championship this week.

McGirt has been tough to peg in 2013-14, making 12 of 21 cuts with four top 25s and a pair of top 10s, but never showing consistency that can be counted on. His history at TPC River Highlands mirrors this season, with two missed cuts giving way to a T30 last year. He hasn't made the cut in back-to-back starts since the Valero Texas Open and RBC Heritage.
Jun 16 - 9:26 PM

William McGirt will try his hand at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial later this week.

McGirt posted a respectable T31 in his first trip to Colonial Country Club in 2011, but hasn't broken par in a subsequent T63 in 2012 and missed cut in 2013. In fact, six of his last seven rounds have been over par in this event. Since a T9 at the RBC Heritage, McGirt has missed his last three putts. On the bright side, there is a high correlation of success at Harbour Town and Colonial.
May 20 - 9:37 PM

William McGirt blitzed Harbour Town Golf Links on his way to a bogey-free, 5-under 34-32=66 in the final round of the RBC Heritage.

McGirt was great off the tee today, striping 12 (of 14) fairways which lead to a lot of makeable putts. His strokes gained-putting was sitting at 2.644 as he walked off the final green, but he only converted one putt from outside of seven feet on the day. That lengthy putt came in the form of a birdie from 14'4" on the par-3 14th hole. McGirt's 5-under 279 gives him sole possession of the clubhouse lead.
Apr 20 - 3:11 PM

Overnight co-leader William McGirt blew up for a 5-over-par 39-37=76 in his second round of the RBC Heritage.

McGirt split six (of 14) fairways but found only five greens in regulation today. When the dust settled, he had squared seven bogeys, including a conversion from 18'10" at the par-3 14th hole where he rinsed his tee ball. He started out great, holing a birdie try from 14'4" at 10, but all that did was lay the foundation for false hope. At even-par 142 at the break, he's five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Apr 18 - 3:07 PM

William McGirt crafted a 5-under-par 31-35=66 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage, earning a piece of the overnight lead.

We've stated it here before, but it happened again today. McGirt found another gear with his putter despite hitting only 11 greens in regulation. He connected four birdies beginning at the second hole, the last three of which measuring 11 feet, 14'9" and 20'11", respectively. He made the turn with another birdie conversion at 9, this time from 11'6". After a bogey-6 at 15, his only blemish of the round, the North Carolina native rolled in a par save from 12'4" at 16, and then holed out for birdie from a bunker 14 yards out at the par-3 17th. At last check, his strokes gained-putting split, which doesn't include the jarred bunker blast, sat at a gaudy 4.757. He arrived at Harbour Town ranked 32nd on the PGA TOUR in SG-P, but has just two top 25s in 14 starts.
Apr 17 - 5:03 PM

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

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