William McGirt: In the bag

William McGirt topples big names to win Memorial Tournament

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 6 Jun 2016

William McGirt landed his maiden PGA Tour title at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament following playoff victory over Jon Curran.

In what turned out to be an unlikely shootout between two non-winners, toppling the likes of Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy in the process, it was McGirt, 35, and Curran, 29, who reached the magic 15-under total. 

After tying the first extra hole, McGirt went on to seal his elusive title witth a par at the second extra hole.


"It was a struggle all day but to get your first win is pretty special," said McGirt, who had been in a three-way tie for the lead overnight with compatriots Kuchar and Gary Woodland. 

Johnson, who was 16 under at the turn, had a two-over-par back nine to finish third on 14 under, while Kuchar, Woodland and McIlroy shared fourth on 13-under.

After getting himself to within a shot of the lead on Saturday, world number one Day fell back into the pack on Sunday and finished on 9-under.

McGirt used a mixed bag of equipment including TaylorMade woods, Srixon irons and ball, Cleveland wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter.

William McGirt: In the bag

Driver: TaylorMade M2 (8.5 degrees; Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X)

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 (13 degrees)

4-wood: TaylorMade M1 (17 degrees)

Irons (2-3): Srixon ZU-45; (5-PW): Srixon Z-745

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 (54, 60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist 009

Ball: Srixon Z Star