SAN ANTONIO — Fairmont native William McGirt made three late bogeys in the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, but picked up a nice paycheck and improved his standing in the all-important FedEx Cup race.
McGirt, who started the day 1 under par for the tournament on the wind-swept and difficult JW Marriott TPC golf course, was 2 under par for the tournament and in the top 15 before he made bogeys on Nos. 13, 16 and 18 to fall back into a tie for 31st. That won him a check of $37,660 and pushed his earnings on the year to $437,729, ranking him 86th on the money list.
McGirt also grabbed 38 FedEx Cup points and is ranked 78th on that list. The top 125 finishers in the standings advance to the PGA Tour’s version of the playoffs. McGirt has made the FedEx Cup playoffs in each of his first three seasons on tour.
Australian Steve Bowitch, who began the day with a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar, could manage no better than a 4-over-par 76 on the final day to finish at 8 under par for the tournament, but that was good enough for him to capture his first PGA Tour title and the $1,116,000 million that went to the winner. Will McKenzie and Daniel Summerhays tied for second at 7 under par, and Kuchar, who had a final round 75, and Andrew Loupe tied for fourth place.
Only two players among the top 25 finishers managed to break 70 on Sunday.