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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 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

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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

World No. 50 William McGirt is one of 11 first-timers at this week's 32-man SBS Tournament of Champions.

The South Carolina resident gets his first look at The Plantation Course via his playoff win at the Memorial (31 weeks ago) as a 54-hole co-leader, breaking through in his 165th career start. He ended last season a career-best 24th in the FedExCup standings, advancing to the TOUR Championship for the first time in his sixth season, where he posted a T17 (of 30). The 37-year-old has made two starts this season, missing the cut at the Shriners (by four) and a T27 at the RSM on rounds of 67-67-71-67.
Jan 3 - 6:57 PM

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.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 08:14:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 09:43:00 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.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 01:14:00 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.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 07:00:00 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.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 10:52:00 AM