LE BIZARD, Quebec — Fairmont native William McGirt didn’t repeat his performances in the RBC Canadian Open from the last two years, but he did manage a 4-under-par 66 on Sunday to vault up the leaderboard and strengthen his position going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.
McGirt, who finished second in the Canadian Open in 2012 and 2013, birdied three of his final four holes on Sunday to finish in a tie for 25th place at six under par while winning $45,457.50. He als garnered 45 FedEx Cup points to climb from 92nd to 85th on that list with the PGA Tour’s version of the playoffs less than a month away.
The top 125 finishers in the FedEx Cup standings make the playoffs, and this is the fourth time in McGirt’s four seasons on the tour that he will have advanced to the playoffs.
With his sixth top 25 finish in 25 starts this year, McGirt, who had rounds of 69, 70, 69 and 66 on the Blue Course at the Royal Montreal Golf Course, has won just more than $802,000 in 2014. His career earnings passed the $3.43 million mark.
McGirt’s schedule going forward was not available this morning, but he is not eligible for this week’s Bridgestone Invitational, a World Golf Championship event. McGirt could opt to play in the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship, a $3 million event in Reno, Nev.
Next week McGirt is eligible to the play in the PGA Championship, and the following week is the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., which ends the season. The Barclays, the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, follows the Wyndham.
Tim Clark, who played collegiately at N.C. State University, won the RBC Canadian with a 5-under-par 30 on the back nine for a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk, who was trying for his first win in four year.
Clark, a 38-year-old South African who has suffered several injuries that have hurt his career since n 2011, won for the second time on the tour. He finished at 17 under par while winning $1.026 million.
“If I stay in this sort of frame of mind, there’s no reason why I can’t keep it going,” Clark said after picking up 500 FedExCup points to move to 27th in the standings. “The next two events are big for us, and I’d love to keep it going.”
Furyk has now failed to convert seven 54-hole leads since his last victory in 2010.
“It was a benign day, and 69 is not a bad round by any means, but by only making two birdies I let a couple guys back into the tournament,” he said.
The 44-year-old did confirm his status as a member of the United States’ Ryder Cup team.