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William McGirt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/21/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200

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William McGirt orchestrated a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage to post 3-under 281, up 14 places on the leaderboard into a five-way T9.
The South Carolina resident entered the week off a 73rd-place finish and two missed cuts but leaves with his fourth top 10 of the season in 13 events. His T9 also matches a personal best at Hilton Head in his sixth appearance, posting the same result in 2014. The 36-year-old began his final frame in 23rd place on 1-under, a distant six in arrears of 54-hole leader Luke Donald, but only two shy of the overnight top 10. He was bogey-free 3-under thru 16 holes, circling birdies at Nos. 4, 9 and 12, the latter a pitch-in from 28'8", but squared a lone bogey with a failed sand save at the par-3 17th. Elsewhere, he went 8-for-9 in scrambling, culminating with a 7'7" par putt on the last to complete a sand save and maintain the top-10 finish. Apr 17 - 8:01 PM

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With a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the second round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach, William McGirt posted a two-day total of 2-over 146 and missed the cut by three shots.

A total of 70 players made the weekend on 1-under 143. McGirt, a 22/1 pre-tourney outright, wasn't one of them after posting twin 73s. He overshadowed five birdies against seven bogeys over his two rounds. The 36-year-old entered the week with six top 25s in 10 starts, but after a 73rd at last week's Arnold Palmer (of 76), he's off to next week's Shell Houston Open with some serious question marks. Joining McGirt with early exits: 144- Scott Stallings (on his 31st b-day); amateur Frankie Capan (TOUR debut); John Daly; 2014 champ Chesson Hadley ... 145- Renato Paratore (TOUR debut) ... 147- Jon Curran ... 148- Morgan Hoffmann ... 149- Kyle Stanley; Rory Sabbatini ... 150- Seung-Yul Noh ... 151- Shawn Stefani.
Mar 25 - 9:06 PM

William McGirt navigated Bay Hill Club and Lodge with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to kick off his week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McGirt was striking the ball beautifully today, striping 12 (of 14) fairways on his way to 14 greens in regulation. He walked onto the 18th tee box with a bogey-free card, but landed his approach shot in the greenside bunker, splashing out to 26'3" and settling for a two-putt bogey. Regardless of the blemish at the last hole, this 3-under round goes in the books as his third lowest round at Bay Hill in 19 career rounds.
Mar 17 - 12:10 PM

William McGirt smoothed a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the finale of The Honda Classic for a 72-hole tally of 2-under 278, up 13 places on the live leaderboard to T9. UPDATE: With play completed, McGirt finished in a two-way T8.

After opening his sixth Honda in 66-72-73, McGirt began his final frame at 1-over (T22). He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation posting 1.667 putts per GIR. The 36-year-old circled birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 11 and 15, including a 25'7" bomb at the par-4 sixth and two others from between 10 and 16 feet. His lone bogey was a failed scramble at the par-4 ninth. McGirt will eclipse his previous best of T22 in last year's edition and will record his sixth top 25 of the season on nine starts -- and possibly his third top 10.
Feb 28 - 3:37 PM

William McGirt settled for a 2-over-par 36-36=72 during the second round of the Honda Classic, currently at 2-under 138 and four strokes off the lead.

McGirt kicked off round two on the back nine with a bogey on the difficult 508-yard, par-4 10th hole. He cruised to eight straight pars, failing to make a putt outside four feet until the 7'5" birdie roll on the par-4 first. He came in with three more bogeys, adding just one more circle to his card. The Wofford product has landed an impressive 24 greens in regulation thus far, but his putter needs to heat up over the weekend if he wants to remain near the top.
Feb 26 - 11:37 AM

William McGirt bombarded PGA National's Champion Course with a 4-under-par 32-34=66 during the first round of this week's Honda Classic, making him the low-man in the clubhouse at the moment.

McGirt tamed the Bear Trap today, adding circles to his scorecard on the par-4 16th as well as the par-3 17th holes, playing the infamous three-hole stretch at 2-under. Despite the windy conditions, he managed to land 13 greens in regulation on the day. The Wofford product has been here before, recording an opening-round 5-under 65 in 2014 to sit two off the pace. He tacked on a 69 in round two before ballooning to a 78, settling for a MDF by week's end. With more experience under his belt, we should not expect a repeat of 2014.
Feb 25 - 4:33 PM

William McGirt chased a 2-under 69 with a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 6-under 136, good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.

McGirt and his playing competitor Jeff Overton (66/R2) were short one after their third, Carl Pettersson WD after five holes. He went out in the first, not-for-long threesome off No. 10 tee and circled a two-putt birdie at the par-5 13th and drained a nine-footer for birdie-3 at 17 to turn 2-under. The 36-year-old added par breakers on holes 1 and 5 -- from between seven and nine feet -- for his final tally. He missed a chance for one better from 9'2" at the par-4 ninth. McGirt regressed to eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation in round two, but went 7-for-7 in scrambling after squaring three bogeys in R1.
Feb 5 - 2:01 PM

William McGirt is in Scottsdale for his fifth playing of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

McGirt book-ended 67s in last year's edition but shot 71-74 in-between for 5-under 274 and T30. It was his fourth straight cash in as many appearances (T19/2014, T32/2013, T22/2011). The 36-year-old has a pair of top 10s this season in five events, including a T2 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms. He chased that with T13 at the Sony but retreated in his last start with a missed cut (by five) at the CareerBuilder on rounds of 75-68-69.
Feb 3 - 2:08 PM

William McGirt scorched the fall portion of the 2015-16 season, arriving at the holiday break ranked 14th in the FedExCup standings.

McGirt pegged it just three times over the fall, but a T30 combined with a pair of top 10s did plenty of damage. The Wofford alum has posted red numbers in 10-of-12 rounds to kick off the season. McGirt has three career podium finishes in 150 starts and a win is not out of the question come 2016.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 06:18:00 PM

William McGirt spun a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in today's final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to post 17-under 271, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: McGirt will come up just short, with Peter Malnati posting 18-under 270.

In his sixth season on the PGA TOUR and making his 141st career start, McGirt began the finale one back at 13-under (T3) after opening in 71-66-66. On his round, he landed eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting a 2.313 in strokes gained: tee-to-green at the time he signed his card. McGirt circled three in a bogey-free first nine, two between 10-12 feet, and added back-to-backs at 14 and 15, both from inside 10 feet. The 36-year-old went 2-for-3 in scrambles, but his one failure came on the 70th hole of competition. He had mid-to-long-range chances on his final two holes, but couldn't convert. Earlier, he also missed two six-footers for birdie contributing to a 0.261 in strokes gained: putting at last check. McGirt's career best is T2 (twice), both at the RBC Canadian Open, and currently sits T2.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 03:18:00 PM

William McGirt chased a 6-under 66 in round two with a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to put 13-under 203 on the board, good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

McGirt is not in the published field at next week's, check that, this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba, so the Monday finish in Mississippi is not that big of deal. However, he and his wife are expecting their second child, scheduled to be delivered via C-section on Friday, so McGirt is certainly looking to wrap things up. Perhaps with a trophy this time, after a disappointing solo seventh here last season, where he was solo second thru 54 holes. After opening in 1-under 71 on Thursday, his second round included two holes on Friday, two and a half holes on Saturday, and 13 and a half holes on Sunday morning, eventually settling in at T18 thru 36 holes and eight adrift. Following his seven-birdie one-bogey effort in round three, the 36-year old is currently up 15 spots on the board to T3 and within two of the leader on the course.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 09:36:00 AM

William McGirt hung a 9-under-par 33-29=62 on TPC Summerlin in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to post 14-under 270, good for the early 72-hole clubhouse lead.

After a difficult third round for scoring (field avg. of 70.97), low scores abound on Sunday in Vegas where we've already seen a 65 (Levin), and 66s from Knox and Sabbatini. Throw-in McGirt's 62 and we have the makings of a barn-burner finish. McGirt has a history of low numbers at the Shriners, where he's posted 64 in R3/2014 and 63 in R1 in his 2011 tourney debut, but none materialized into top 10s. The 36-year-old began the day at 5-under T38 and eight back. He was even thru his first seven before ripping off six straight birdies on Nos. 8-13, three conversions from outside 14 feet. For good measure, McGirt added a seventh from 27 feet at 15 and canned a 44-footer for eagle on 16. He had a chance from 9'8" for 61 but missed right. McGirt matches a career-low 62 in R1 of the 2015 Wyndham (par 70).
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 05:12:00 PM

William McGirt gallops into Conway Farms Golf Club for this week's BMW Championship.

McGirt arrives in Lake Forest, Illinois, ranked 68th in the FedExCup standings. He has a tall task laid out in front of him as he needs to jump 38 spots in order to qualify for next week's TOUR Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. Given the no-cut nature of this event, gamers can certainly give McGirt a chance, but there are much safer options on the board. In two tries, he's never finished higher than 65th at the BMW Championship.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 08:24:00 PM

William McGirt preps for his fifth Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the tournament 88th in the FedExCup standings, with only the top 70 advancing.

This is the fifth consecutive season that McGirt has qualified for the postseason. Twice he's advanced as far as the third round. The first was in 2012, where he posted: T10/Barclays, T26/Deutsche Bank, and 68th at the BMW Championship to finish 50th in the FEC standings. The second was last season, finishing: T5/Barclays, T69/Deutsche Bank, and 65th at the BMW Championship to bow out at 61st in FEC points. At the DBC, he's 3-for-4 with the above-mentioned T26 his best showing. The 36-year-old has cashed 20 times in 28 starts in 2014-15, with six top 25s, but just one top 10, a solo seventh back in November at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He missed the cut last week at The Barclays by 11 shots on rounds of 78-75.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 01:23:00 PM

Overnight tri-leader William McGirt settled for a even-par 36-34=70 in today's second round of the Wyndham Championship to post 8-under 132 at the break.

Well, this isn't what he wanted. On another day ripe for scoring, McGirt found only four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, and he went just 2-for-6 in scrambling with four bogeys, including on his last two holes. He managed four birdies, three of which ranging 10-16 feet, but now finds himself back in the pack, three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 04:39:00 PM