McGirt enjoys best finish of new FedEx Cup season

First Posted: 2/3/2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Fairmont native William McGirt enjoyed his best tournament of the new FedEx Cup season, shooting a final-round 1-under-par 70 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 19th place in the Phoenix Open.

McGirt, after opening with rounds of 65, 69 and 73, reached 4 under par for the day and 10 under for the tournament on Sunday before three late bogeys dropped him down the leaderboard a bit. He cashed his best check of the new season, $63,302, and climbed to 87th in the FedEx Cup standings with 138 points.

McGirt, who has now made four straight cuts, has won $151,044 on the new season, putting him 106th on the money list.

He is scheduled to play in the next two tournaments, this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and next week’s Northern Trust Open.

Kevin Stadler, the 33-year-old son of major champion Craig “The Walrus” Stadler, won the tournament for his first PGA title and will now join his father in the Masters, where they will make history together.

Stadler won when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 18.

“It was a little weird way to win a golf tournament,” Stadler said. “I fully expected him to make the putt. I would have rather made mine to win it.”

Stadler closed with a 3-under 68 for the single-shot victory over Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet. Watson shot 71, and DeLaet had a 65.

“He beat me,” Watson said. “He’s a great player.”

Stadler won in his 239th TOUR start, earning a spot in the Masters — a tournament his father won in 1982. The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in PGA Tour history and will be the first to play in the same Masters.

Stadler finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Scottsdale, his home course, to earn $1.116 million and climb to seventh place in the FedEx Cup standings.

The event drew an estimated 563,008 fans, breaking the seven-day record of 538,356 set in 2008. The tournament drew a golf-record 189,722 on Saturday.

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