McGirt falters at John Deere on final day

July 14, 2014

SILVIS, Ill. — Fairmont native William McGirt, who entered the final round tied for fourth place, struggled to a 3-over-par 74 on Sunday that included a bogey 6 on all three par 5s to drop into a tie for 23rd place in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, enough to pocket $43,240.

McGirt garnered 47 FedEx Cup points to climb from 96th to 89th on that all-important list, well within the top 125 who will advance to the tour’s version of the playoffs.

Playing in the third to last group, McGirt missed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 1, and then got on the bogey train, knocking his second shot into the water on the par 5 No. 2 and following with a three-putt bogey on No. 3. He was four over par for the day after bogeying No. 10, also a par 5, and then made a couple of birdies before a final bogey on No. 17, a reachable par 5.

McGirt, who was 13 under par and the leader by four strokes briefly on Friday, had rounds of 64, 66, 69 and 74 to finish at 11 under par.

For the season, he has won $757,120 in 24 events, having made the cut 14 times. He has two top-10 finishes and five in the top 25.

Brian Harman, a left-hander who played at the University of Georgia, won his first PGA Tour event with a final round 67 for a 22-under-par total of 262. Harman, who cashed an $846,000 check, jumped from 48th to 14th on the FedEx Cup list.

Zach Johnson came in second at 21 under par after the day’s best round, a 7-under-par 64, and Jhonattan Vegas and Jerry Kelly tied for third at 19 under par.

McGirt will have this week off before playing in the RBC Canadian Open, where he has finished second the last two years.