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William McGirt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/21/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 200

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William McGirt rolls into the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week putting the PGA Tour's fifth-ranked Scoring Average (69.642) on display.
McGirt was fairly mediocre at the Sony Open in Hawaii, posting a 65th-place finish. However, he was Top 25 or better in each of his first three events, including back-to-back Top 10s at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and The RSM Classic. He doesn't do it with a lot of power, but he is very accurate. McGirt ranks 16th on the PGA Tour in GIR, and he is fairly adequate out of the sand which helps at TPC Scottsdale. McGirt has been a closer, too, ranking fifth on the PGA Tour in Back 9 Scoring Average (34.25). McGirt is a huge value with a minimal price tag in DFS, but huge upside to exceed salary expectations. Jan 31 - 11:14 PM

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World No. 81 William McGirt smoothed a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of The RSM Classic to finish up on 13-under 269, up four places to T9 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, McGirt finished T8.

The 37-year-old played his final 39 holes in blemish-free 12-under. After opening in 70-68-65, he began T13 on 9-under, one shy of the overnight top 10. The North Carolina native pelted all 14 fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.504 strokes off-the-tee. He carded four birdies at holes 5, 9, 12 and 15, two from between 11 and 27 feet, posting 1.800 putts per GIR and 1.641 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. This was McGirt's fifth RSM, fourth cash, and first top 25. It's his third straight top 25 to start the season and second consecutive top 10, arriving off T10 two weeks ago at the Shriners.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 03:43:00 PM

World No. 75 William McGirt turned in a 3-under-par 34-34=68 after the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for a 72-hole total of 6-under 278, good for a six-way T10, which is where he started the day.

This was the 38-year-old's seven appearance, third top 25 among five cashes, and second top 10 (T8/2016). It was his second top 25 of the season in as many starts, arriving off T25 at last week's Sanderson Farms, and his first top-10 finish since T3 at the RBC Heritage back in April. After kicking off with 68-73-69, the North Carolina native began T10 on 3-under, six back of 54-hole co-leaders Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun. He conjured six (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, losing 1.010 strokes off-the-tee and 0.541 tee-to-green. McGirt squared a lone bogey-5 at 11, offset by four circles at 9 and 14-16, four from between 14 and 23 feet. He posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 2.772 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 10:32:00 PM

World No. 75 William McGirt carded a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to reach 3-under 210, up 22 places on the live leaderboard to T11.

This is the 38-year-old's seventh consecutive appearance with two prior top 25s among four cashes and one top 10, a T8 in 2016, buoyed by a career-tying-low 62 in R4. He checked in off a T25 in his season debut last week at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms, where he was the OWGR top-ranked player in the field. After opening in 68-73, the Wofford College alum began T33 on 1-under, three shy of the overnight top 10. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, outpacing a lone bogey-4 at eight with three circles at nine, 11 and 13, all from inside of six feet.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 05:58:00 PM

William McGirt returns to the Country Club of Jackson, the site of two top 10s for him, as he prepares for this week's Sanderson Farms Championship.

McGirt has pegged it five times at this event, two times since the switch to the current venue. His 2011 debut resulted in a T27 and he's returned to post finishes of T5, T26, 7th, and T2. The solo seventh and runner-up finishes both came at the Country Club of Jackson, so McGirt should have plenty of confidence to start the week, despite his lack of form to end the 2016-17 season. It wasn't just a mini-slump to end the season, either, as McGirt didn't find a top 25 in any of his final 12 starts to the season. This week's alternate-field event provides a good chance for McGirt to get back on track.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 09:21:00 AM

World No. 57 William McGirt withdrew during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open. UPDATE: McGirt returned to action at the 99th PGA Championship, twirling a 6-over 77 in round one.

As of press time, no reason has been cited. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 38-year-old was 1-under thru nine holes, 2-over total when he called it a day. He outpaced back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 with birdies at 10, 16 and 18, but after an opening 3-over 75, was six off the projected cut line with nine holes to play. This is Wofford College alum's second mid-tourney WD in 199 career events, first since the 2014-15 Open. He did not qualify for next week's WGC-Bridgestone so the next we'll see him is most likely August 10th at the PGA Championship.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 06:31:00 PM

William McGirt arrives at Glen Abbey Golf Club without much form to his name, hoping to change that when he pegs it at this week's RBC Canadian Open.

After a T22 at THE PLAYERS in May, McGirt has rattled off seven straight finishes outside the top 40. He's missed just two cuts in that time, but not really providing much return for gamers. Perhaps a familiar venue will do the trick, as McGirt is 3-for-3 at Glen Abbey, including a runner-up finish back in 2013. Currently 84th in the FedExCup race, this week could provide a nice opportunity to pad his point ahead of the FEC Playoffs.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 01:04:00 PM

William McGirt rallied over the weekend during last year's Memorial Tournament en route to his maiden victory, returning this week for a chance to defend his crown at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

McGirt opened the 2016 Memorial Tournament with rounds of 70-68 to sit at T22 at the midpoint. From there, he picked up seven birdies and an eagle to offset just one bogey to grab a share of the 54-hole lead. Despite the co-lead, he showed no sign of nerves on Sunday as he pelted 16 greens in regulation en route to a bogey-free 71. On the week he gained 4.65 strokes approach-the-green and another 3.92 strokes on the putting surfaces. With this being his first time attempting to defend a PGA TOUR title, gamers should lower their expectations just a bit. There will be a lot of media responsibilities that will interfere with his usual pre-tournament routine.
Mon, May 29, 2017 08:07:00 PM

First-round co-leader and World No. 46 William McGirt carved out a 1-under-par 36-35=71 on Day 3 of THE PLAYERS to post 3-under 213, up nine places to T14 with play still in progress.

After opening in 67-75, the 37-year-old began T23 on 2-under, seven adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and found 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.929 putts per GIR and -0.119 SG: Putting. The South Carolina resident scribbled down 15 pars, squaring a lone bogey-4 at eight (3-putt from 80'9"), offset by birdie-4s at 9 and 11, both from inside of nine feet.
Sat, May 13, 2017 05:04:00 PM

Overnight co-leader William McGirt backpedaled with a 3-over-par 36-39=75 in round two of THE PLAYERS, falling outside of the top 15 with a two-day tally of 2-under 142.

Mcgirt got the most juice possible out of his lemon on day one, but the magic couldn't be replicated on Friday. He circled just three birdies today, with all three coming from inside nine feet. The biggest blemish came at the infamous par-3 17th where he rinsed his tee ball and swallowed a double bogey. McGirt walked off the course losing 1.945 strokes approaching-the-green. He arrived with a 2-for-4 record at TPC Sawgrass with a pair of T43 finishes being the highlights. The Wofford product is still on pace to earn a new career best here at THE PLAYERS.
Fri, May 12, 2017 07:30:00 PM

William McGirt blitzed TPC Sawgrass with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round one of THE PLAYERS, staking his claim at the clubhouse leader as the afternoon wave gets underway.

McGirt wasn't peppering flagsticks all day, but he made the most of his scoring chances. The first notable approach shot came at the par-3 eight hole where he stuck his 240-yard approach to inside three feet for a tap-in birdie. Later at the par-5 16th he would stiff his 238-yard approach to 10'1" and splash it home for an eagle. That would be his second big bird of the round as just five holes later he sank a 55'6" eagle bomb. Playing his 13th round at TPC Sawgrass, this goes in the book as just his second sub-70 effort, with a 2-for-4 record on his resume that includes a pair of T43 finishes.
Thu, May 11, 2017 01:55:00 PM

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.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 07:09:00 PM

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.
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 06:36:00 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.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 12:35:00 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.
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 12:34:00 PM