Staff and wire report
March 10, 2014
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — William McGirt made two late birdies on Sunday to shoot a 1-under-par 71 in the Puerto Rico Open and win enough money to pass the $400,000 mark on the season.
McGirt, a native of Fairmont, finished the tournament at 9 under par and in a tie for 29th to win $21,306.25, giving him $400,963 on the season and ranking him 78th on the PGA Tour’s money list. McGirt added 22 FedEx Cup points and now ranks 72nd on that list.
McGirt, who had rounds of 68, 71, 69 and 71, told The Robesonian he will play in the next four PGA events, this week’s Valspar Open and then the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open.
Making his 13th careet start, 26-year old Chesson Hadley birdied the final two holes for a 5-under 67 to win the tournament and became the first rookie winner since Jordan Spieth in July.
“I was so nervous,” Hadley said Sunday. “I did not eat well last night. I did not eat well this morning.”
He held off Danny Lee by two strokes in wind gusting to 25 mph at the Trump International course.
Hadley finished at 21-under 267 and earned $630,000 and a two-year tour exemption.
Lee birdied three of the last four holes for a 68. Ben Martin shot a 66 to finish third at 17 under, and David Toms was another stroke back along with Carl Pettersson, Jason Gore, Wes Roach and Richard H. Lee.