KUALA LAMPUR, Malaysia — William McGirt shot a final-round 2-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish well back in the CIMB Classic, but still took home $43,500 in the $6.1 million featured event on the PGA Tour.
The Fairmont native, who finished at 2-under-par 282 after rounds of 70, 70 and 73, finished tied for 44th in the 48-player tournament that offered guaranteed money because of no cut. McGirt qualified for the tournament, which was won by Nick Watney with a 22-under-par score, by his 50th place finish on the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour this year. Watney took home the $1.3 million top prize.
Brad Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus finished second at 21 under par and won $485,000 each, and Tiger Woods shot a final-round 63 to finish at 19 under par and in three-way tie for fourth place, good for a $265,000 prize.
McGirt, commenting on the tournament on his Facebook page, said the weather — 95-degree temperatures and humidity to match — was some of the most extreme he had ever played in.
The money McGirt won is not official money, and does not help his status on the PGA Tour. Currently he is 70th on the money list with $1.217 million and only one tournament remaining, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic that begins Nov. 8.
McGirt had indicated previously to The Robesonian that he planned to play in that event, which could be critical to his status next year on the PGA Tour. Although McGirt has secured full status on the tour, the top 70 on the money list are eligible for all the PGA tournaments except the four majors and the World Golf Championship events.
McGirt and his wife Sarah are expecting their first child, a boy, at the end of this year or early in January.