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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 is back in action this week as he preps for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
McGirt made waves last week when he opted to play the Sanderson Farms instead of the WGC-HSBC Champions. There was only one problem, the PGA TOUR doesn't allow someone who is qualified for a WGC event to play in the opposite-field event the same week. McGirt still wanted to support to tournament in Jackson, so he went and played in the pre-tournament Pro-Am. Perhaps karma will be in his favor this week as he was trying to support a good cause at the SFC. Other than karma, McGirt also brings a 4-for-5 record at TPC Summerlin, with nothing worse than a T33 during the cuts made. Most notably, he fired 9-under-par 33-29=62 during the final round last year and he also posted a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63 during the first round of his 2011 debut. The upside is certainly there for McGirt this week. Nov 1 - 8:14 PM

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William McGirt pieced together a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to open his week at the BMW Championship, placing him two strokes off the early leader Roberto Castro.

McGirt was not very consistent, tee-to-green, landing just 11 greens in regulation, but he made up for it was some fantastic approach shots, putting an emphasis on quality over quantity. That includes a 178-yard tee shot at the par-3 13th that he stuck to 23 inches for a tap-in birdie and a 265-yard approach shot that he landed 10'4" from the cup to set up a nice eagle splash at the par-5 15th. The 37-year-old kept the momentum swinging in the right direction with three par saves from 7-to-9 feet throughout the round. McGirt entered the week ranked 26th in the FedExCup standings and is very likely headed to East Lake for the first time in his career as long as he doesn't backpedal to the very bottom.
Sep 9 - 9:43 AM

William McGirt fashioned a bogey-free 34-33=67 in the final round of The Barclays to finish off his sixth appearance on 1-over 285, up 22 places on the live leaderboard to T45.

It wasn't the week the 2016 Memorial winner had envisioned, posting rounds of 73-70-75-67. He departs Bethpage State Park with a bit of a tailwind however, heading to TPC Boston off a flawless, four-birdie effort. For the week, the 37-year-old totaled 12 birdies against 13 bogeys and was just 2-for-11 in sand saves (18.18 percent). He'll be making his sixth straight appearance in next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, projecting to arrive at 18th in the FedExCup standings, down two places on the week.
Aug 28 - 1:14 PM

William McGirt bobbed and weaved to an even-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the 98th PGA Championship to wrap his second appearance on 7-under 273, down five places to T10 with play still in progress.

This was the 37-year-old's first made cut in four major championship attempts. He missed the cut at the 2012 PGA (Kiawah Island) and missed the cut earlier this season at the U.S. Open and The Open. The Wofford College alum played 34 holes on Sunday, beginning the final frame on 7-under (T5), four shy of 54-hole leader Jimmy Walker. He raced out with birdies on Nos. 1 and 4 (from 29'9") but gave three back with bogeys on 6, 8 and 9, 3-putting both the sixth and the eighth. After the break, he outpaced bogey-4 at the 16th with a birdie-birdie finish. It's McGirt's seventh top 10 of the season in 23 starts.
Jul 31 - 7:00 PM

William McGirt fashioned a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the two-day third round of the 98th PGA Championship to reach 7-under 203, up eight places to T5, two shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader Brooks Koepka.

The 37-year-old had barely gotten his third round underway on Saturday when play was suspended. He was 1-under thru two holes (4-under total) and returned on Sunday to play his final 16 holes with four birdies against a lone bogey, slopping his way to a walk-off 6 at the par-5 18th, his first blemish in 42 holes. In total, McGirt circled five on 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR. His final round is scheduled to start at 2:13 p.m. ET.
Jul 31 - 10:52 AM

William McGirt authored a bogey-free 32-35=67 in the second round of the 98th PGA Championship to post 3-under 137, currently T9 on the leaderboard and up 27 places.

The 37-year-old is making his second appearance and first since missing the cut in 2012 at Kiawah Island Resort. He began with a two-birdie two-bogey 70 and returned on Day 2 to stripe 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. McGirt circled three, two from inside of seven feet and a long of 19'4" at the par-3 ninth. At the time he signed the card, he posted 3.094 in SG: Tee-to-Green of 4.040 SG: Total.
Jul 29 - 2:43 PM

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

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