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William McGirt’s helpful approach sets up kick-in birdie at SBS

In the final round of the 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions, William McGirt places his 47-yard approach into within inches from the cup for a tap-in birdie on the par-4 15th hole.

William McGirt dials up a brilliant tee shot at SBS

In the final round of the 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions, William McGirt takes aim from 194 yards out to set up a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 8th hole.

McGirt’s hardscrabble journey pays off at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — The ball wasn’t even in the hole yet, but William McGirt just knew. He took his right hand off the putter and instinctively raised it in the air, the universal symbol for success. His fist began pumping as the ball tumbled into its destination, the Memorial Tournament title now secured.

On the surface, this was the culmination of a hard-fought playoff victory after an exacting 18 holes of regulation. In reality, it was so much more.

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William McGirt Beats Jon Curran in Playoff to Win Memorial

William McGirt thought he hit it big when he won the Cabarrus Classic and pocketed $16,000, the second-largest prize on the Tar Heel Tour.

That was in 2007, and it felt like a lifetime ago compared with the perks from winning the Memorial on Sunday.

The victory was worth $1.53 million and a three-year exemption for a guy who once dreamed of simply having a PGA Tour card.

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Terrific shot keeps McGirt’s hopes alive

At his Spartanburg-area home, William McGirt experienced what he called “one of those weeks.” Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

On the golf course was different. He hit one of those shots that golfers dream about — holing a 169-yard 7-iron for eagle on the 17th hole in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday — to secure a spot in this week’s BMW, the third of four tournaments in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.

The shot not only assured another lucrative paycheck, but also increased his options for the 2016-17 season. Read more

McGirt makes quick work of Quail Hollow with final-round 67

William McGirt

William McGirt had an unusual goal when he was the first to tee off Sunday morning in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I was trying to break two and a half hours,” said McGirt, who was playing alone because of an odd number of players remaining in the field and his position, a tie for 67th place, last among the players who made the third-round cut.

McGirt pleased with season

William McGirt wasn’t able to provide a happy ending to his fourth PGA Tour season, but the Boiling Springs resident and Wofford graduate still had his most successful year as a professional.

Despite finishing second-to-last Sunday among the 66 at the BMW Championship, the 34-year-old completed the season with a career-best $1.28 million and established career-highs with four top-10 and eight top-25 finishes while tying his previous high of 19 made cuts (in 29 starts). He now has nine top-10s and 21 top-25s in 117 career starts while totaling $3.9 million. Read more

William McGirt proving he belongs on PGA Tour

GREENSBORO – The Wyndham Championship is sponsored by a company that runs a galaxy of resorts and hotels. With icy tropical drinks, Jimmy Buffett tunes and trucked-in beach sand, Sedgefield Country Club is set up to remind fans that the care-free vibe of a vacation isn’t that far away. Read more

McGirt not headlining, but co-leading at John Deere

SILVIS, Ill. – William McGirt is more than fine with never hearing that ubiquitous “You da man!” chant from outside the PGA TOUR ropes.

In fact, “Who’s that man?” works just fine for the 5-foot-8 native of Lumberton, North Carolina.

“I love being in this position because you can go about your business and nobody really knows who you are,” he said after moving to the top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard Friday morning by backing a 7-under 64 with a round of 66. “You can go to dinner, and people ask ‘Are you a golfer? What’s your name?’”

Zach Johnson, William McGirt on top at John Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — Zach Johnson and William McGirt were at 12-under-par 130 and tied for the lead at the halfway point of the John Deere Classic.

They were a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman.

William McGirt has a winning personality, and now he needs a win

We are going to tuck away the stern, objective journalistic approach for a day and suggest you root.

That means you, golf fans. Or you, general sports fans — anybody with a TV that gets the Golf Channel and CBS. Click it on Sunday and root.

Wrap-up: Strong Saturday pushes McGirt to the top at Riviera

A city known for its star power has a PGA TOUR event filled with fairy tales off Sunset Boulevard.

Start with William McGirt, who ran off eight birdies in 13 holes at Riviera on his way to a 6-under 65 on Saturday to build a two-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open. Going into his fourth full season, McGirt has never won on the PGA TOUR.

McGirt poised to go from journeyman to TOUR champion in LA

The last time William McGirt won a golf tournament was back in 2007 when he prevailed in a playoff at the Cabarras Classic Championship on the eGolf Tour.

McGirt used that five-figure paycheck to pay off some of the credit card bills he’d accrued while playing on a handful of mini-tours across the southeast.

McGirt jumps to top of leaderboard with hot putter

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Wiliam McGirt has shot to the top of the leaderboard during the third round of the Northern Trust Open.

My Husband the Tour Pro

Nobody knows the PGA TOUR pros better than their wives. PGATOUR.COM has asked several TOUR wives to provide 18 things we should know about their husbands. This installment was written by Sarah McGirt, wife of PGA TOUR member William McGirt.