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William McGirt

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

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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. Jul 28 - 6:31 PM

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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.
Jul 26 - 1:04 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.
May 29 - 8:07 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.
May 13 - 5:04 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.
May 12 - 7:30 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.
May 11 - 1:55 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.
Apr 16 - 7:09 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.
Apr 15 - 6:36 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.
Apr 14 - 12:35 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.
Apr 7 - 12:34 PM

William McGirt breezed through Augusta National Golf Club en route to a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the 81st Masters Tournament, posting the first sub-70 score of the week to stake his claim as the early leader in the clubhouse.

Playing in blustery conditions today, McGirt used timely putting to keep this round together. While his scoring holes were largely a result of good ball-striking, it was great putting that helped him save par, time after time. McGirt rolled in five par-saving putts from outside six feet today. The South Carolina resident is not too far from home this week, perhaps helping his comfort level despite having never played Augusta National in competition before today's round. McGirt is making just his fifth career start in a major championship, missing the cut in three of them before exploding with a T10 at last year's PGA Championship. If he holds onto the lead by day's end it will be his fifth career lead/co-lead after 18 holes, most recently the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (T7).
Apr 6 - 4:45 PM

William McGirt readies for his course debut at Augusta National Golf Club as he preps for this week's Masters Tournament.

McGirt enters the week ranked 78th in the FedExCup standings after a 7-for-11 start to the season. He cracked the field this week thanks to his win at last year's Memorial Tournament, played at another course with very slick greens. The Wofford College product will be making his fifth start in a major championship, missing the cut in his first three before exploding with a T10 at last year's PGA Championship. With just four podium finishes in 186 career starts, McGirt is a long shot to don the green jacket come Sunday, but he still provides value in deeper fantasy formats.
Apr 4 - 9:20 PM

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

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