William McGirt

William McGirt (born June 21, 1979) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

William McGirt
William McGirt.jpg
Photographed May 2017
Personal information
Born (1979-06-21) June 21, 1979 (age 41)
Lumberton, North Carolina
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceBoiling Springs, South Carolina[1]
SpouseSarah McGirt (m. 2004)
CollegeWofford College
Turned professional2004
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
Professional wins2
Highest ranking38 (July 31, 2016)[2]
(as of January 17, 2021)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT22: 2017
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2016
U.S. OpenT55: 2017
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2016, 2017

College careerEdit

Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, McGirt grew up playing both baseball and golf, receiving scholarship offers from colleges in North Carolina and South Carolina. After being recruited by multiple colleges for both sports, McGirt decided to play college golf at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was the 1998 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and won three collegiate events for the Terriers, including the 2001 conference championship. He graduated in 2001 and was a 2010 inductee of the Wofford College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional careerEdit

McGirt turned professional in 2004 and spent several years playing on mini-tours.[3] His first break came by reaching the final stage of the 2009 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament (Q-School), allowing him to play on the Nationwide Tour in 2010. He ended 2010 at 34th on that tour's money list, then finished runner-up at Q-School to earn his PGA Tour card for 2011. McGirt qualified for the FedEx Cup Playoffs in his rookie season, advancing as far as the Deutsche Bank Championship and finishing 83rd in the FedEx Cup standings. He finished 141st on the 2011 PGA Tour money list. Unfortunately, it was the money list that mattered at the time and McGirt had to go back to Q School to regain his Tour privileges or be relegated to the conditional category. He qualified for the tour in 2012 by finishing T13 in the 2011 Q-School.[4]

McGirt's first appearance in a major was at the PGA Championship in 2012, but he missed the cut. He had three runner-up finishes before his first win at age 36 in June 2016 at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio. It was his 165th start on the PGA Tour, and he won on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Jon Curran.[5] It was McGirt's first professional win of any kind since his mini-tour victory nine years earlier in 2007. He earned $1.53 million for winning the Memorial, almost 100 times more than the $16,000 prize for his mini-tour win.[6] The win earned him a three-year PGA Tour exemption,[7] moved him to 44th in the Official World Golf Ranking, and qualified him for the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, and the Masters.[6] McGirt also qualified for the 2016 Open Championship based on his FedEx Cup position. His career high world ranking is 38th, after a T10 at the 2016 PGA Championship.

McGirt's 2018 season ended at The Northern Trust. He had surgery on his left hip and did not play the 2018–19 season. He enters the 2019–20 season with 29 starts and 375.582 points to meet the terms of his medical extension.

McGirt is sponsored by Cozen O'Connor, Srixon, Cleveland Golf, TaylorMade-Adidas, Scotty Cameron Putters, and Young Adjustment Company.[8]

Amateur wins (2)Edit

  • 2003 Cardinal Amateur, North Carolina Amateur

Professional wins (2)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Jun 5, 2016 Memorial Tournament 70-68-64-71=273 −15 Playoff   Jon Curran

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2016 Memorial Tournament   Jon Curran Won with par on second extra hole

Tarheel Tour wins (1)Edit

  • 2007 Cabarrus Classic

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament T22
U.S. Open CUT T55
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT T10 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 3
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2016 PGA – 2017 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
The Players Championship T43 CUT CUT T43 T22 CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2016 2017
Championship T28
Match Play R16
Invitational T7
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied

FedEx Cup final standingEdit

Year Rank
2011 83
2012 50
2013 100
2014 61
2015 69
2016 24
2017 85
2018 116
2020 247

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rowland, Kyle (May 31, 2017). "William McGirt made a name at Memorial last year". Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Week 31 2016 Ending 31 Jul 2016" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Longest of long shots, McGirt hopeful and happy to still be alive in playoffs
  4. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/2011/qschool/12/05/tour-cards/index.html
  5. ^ DiMeglio, Steve (June 5, 2016). "William McGirt wins first PGA Tour title in playoff at Memorial". USA Today. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Shedloski, Dave (June 5, 2016). "William McGirt wins Memorial, ending 'years of…getting nose bloodied'". Golf Digest. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Miceli, Alex (June 5, 2016). "William McGirt captures first PGA Tour win in playoff at Memorial". Golfweek. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  8. ^ http://williammcgirt.com/sponsors

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