Golf | McGirt grinds out first PGA Tour victory

Washington – William McGirt earned the
first PGA Tour victory of his 12-year career at The Memorial on Sunday with a
pair of back-to-back playoff par saves.

The 36-year-old McGirt rolled in a six-foot
par putt on the second playoff hole to edge fellow American Jon Curran after
they both finished the fourth round at 15-under 273.

McGirt posted his first victory since
turning pro 12 years ago. He booked a spot in the US Open at Oakmont in two
weeks, along with a three-year PGA Tour exemption.

He has appeared in just one major
previously in his career, missing the cut in the 2012 PGA Championship.

McGirt hit his winning putt then punctuated
the victory with a right fist pump before the ball even dropped into the cup on
the 18th hole at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

McGirt shot a one-under 71 Sunday, while
Curran shot a 70.

McGirt became the sixth player to have his
first career win come at the Memorial, including the last two – Hideki
Matsuyama of Japan and David Lingmerth of Sweden.

It was the third straight year that the
tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus went to extra holes.

McGirt and Curran had a combined 218 PGA
Tour starts without a victory.

Dustin Johnson finished one shot out of the
playoff at 14-under 274. He shot a final-round 71 that included five birdies.

Northern Ireland’s world number three Rory
McIlroy carded a 68 to head a group sharing fourth on 13-under 275. He was
joined by Americans JB Holmes (69), Gary Woodland (73) and Matt Kuchar (73).

 The field was one of the strongest of the
season, featuring the top five players in the world.

World number one Jason Day of Australia
carded a final-round 74 that left him tied for 27th on 279.

World number two Jordan Spieth closed with
a 73 to finish in a tie for 57th on 285.

Leading scores after Sunday’s final round of the PGA Tour’s Memorial
Tournament at Dublin, Ohio (x-won at 2nd playoff hole. Par 72, USA
unless noted):

273 – x-William McGirt 70-68-64-71, Jon Curran 68-67-68-70

274 – Dustin Johnson 64-71-68-71

275 – Rory McIlroy (NIR) 71-66-70-68, J.B. Holmes 71-68-67-69, Gary Woodland 68-65-69-73, Matt Kuchar 66-66-70-73

276 – Patrick Reed 68-71-69-68, Keegan Bradley 68-69- 70-69, Kevin Streelman 67-68-69-72,

– Marc Leishman (AUS) 69-71-69-68, Tony Finau 70-69-70-68, Charl
Schwartzel (RSA) 68-69-72-68
, An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 71-70-69-67, Roberto
Castro 70-70-71-66, John Senden (AUS) 69-70-68-70, Webb Simpson
69-70-66-72, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 67-66-70-74, Adam Hadwin (CAN)

278 – Smylie Kaufman 71-67-71-69, Kyle Reifers
71-67-71-69, Brendan Steele 65-67-75-71, Matt Jones (AUS) 71-68-68-71,
Phil Mickelson 68-69-69-72, Robert Streb 68-73-64-73, Soren Kjeldsen
(DEN) 71-69-64-74

279 – David Lingmerth (SWE) 68-73-68-70, David
Hearn (CAN) 66-73-72-68, John Huh 69-69-67-74, Jason Day (AUS)
66-71-68-74, Scott Brown 69-67-69-74, Zac Blair 69-67-68-75

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