NORTON, Mass. — William McGirt again has his grip on his FedEx Cup fate.
Last week, the Fairmont native missed the cut in The Barclays, so it was the play of fellow golfers — and friends of McGirt — that allowed him to live for another day in the PGA Tour’s version of a playoff system. McGirt had entered The Barclays 92nd on the FedEx Cup list, and had tumbled below the cut of 100 to advance before landing on the 99th spot at the conclusion of the tournament.
McGirt told PGA.com that he and his wife Sarah were driving to Cape Cod when he decided to end the updates on what was happening at The Barclays.
“I was very at peace with whatever was going to happen on Sunday,” McGirt told the website. “I told Sarah, you know, if the worst thing that happens is I get to go home and spend five or six weeks with her and the baby, there’s nothing bad coming out of that. … It’s all a bonus from here.”
McGirt, who had missed the cut at The Barclays by a single shot, said he didn’t want to be rooting for other players to make bogeys.
“At that point it’s completely out of my control and I’m not wishing anything bad on anybody else out here,” McGirt told PGA.com this week. “I play with these guys every week. I’m friends with them.”
Although he tees off today on No. 10 at 1:46 p.m. in the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second round of the four-tournament FedEx Cup, simply making the cut won’t be good enough. He will need to finish 16th or higher to earn a spot in the BMW Championship, where his FedEx Cup ended in 2012. This is his third straight year making the FedEx Cup playoffs.
He knows, based on his good luck from last weekend, it’s all gravy.
“I dodged so many bullets it’s crazy,” McGirt told PGA.com. “I mean, it had to be a perfect scenario for me to get in and it happened. Truthfully, I wish I had gone and bought a lottery ticket. It’s crazy how stuff like that shakes out. I feel for Badds with the finish he had. It was heartbreaking.”
He was referring to Aaron Baddeley, who stumbled home in The Barclays, ensuring that McGirt and Camilo Villegas, who finished in the 100th slot, moved on.
Regardless of his performance in the Deutsche Bank Championship, McGirt, with more than $867,000 in earnings this year, has full status on the PGA Tour next year.
Tiger Woods,, who battled a bad back and finished second at The Barclayes, enters today’s tournament atop the FedEx Cup Standings. Adam Scott, the winner at The Barclays, is in second and Phil Mickelson is in third.