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William McGirt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/21/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200

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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

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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

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.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 02:43:00 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.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 05:38:00 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".
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 06:15:00 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.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 05:26:00 PM