BOSTON — Fairmont native William McGirt will need a strong finish this week in the BMW Classic if he is to advance to the 30-player Tour Championship.
“I probably have to finish third to to get in the Tour Championship,” McGirt told The Robesonian. “I need to get to 1,700 points most likely. Fourth could possibly do it but I have no idea. I just need to go play well.”
McGirt, fighting some allergies, did not have his best game at the Deutsche Bank Championship, shooting a final-round 1-over-par 72 that included bogeys on two par 5’s. He finished the tournament at 4-over-par 288 and in a tie for 69th place, earning $15,920 and just six FedEx Cup points.
“It wasn’t my best week but I didn’t play poorly,” he said. “I was on the wrong side of the draw. Bad conditions first two days. Very windy, gusty, and all over the place. Saturday the golf course was over the top, very borderline. Had to play away from most of the pins because the greens were so firm and it seemed like every hole was into the wind.
“My allergies kicked up big time as soon as I got there on Monday. It happens every year there. I’m not sure what causes it there.”
McGirt is is now 50th in the FedEx Cup standings, easily within the top 70 who make the BMW Classic tournament, which will be held at Cherry Hills Golf Course near Denver, Colo. It is the second time during his four-year career that he has advanced to the BMW Classic, the penultimate event in the tour’s wrap-around season.
“I’m looking forward to this week,” he said. “I hear it’s a great course.”
For the season, McGirt, who has made the cut in his last five events and seven of his last eight, has earned a personal-record $1.259 million.
Chris Kirk won the Deutsche Bank at 15 under par, and pocketed the $1.44 million top prize, and Geoff Ogilvy, Russell Henley and Bill Horshel tied for second at 13 under par.
Kirk, after winning 2,500 points, leads the FedEx Cup, with Rory McIlroy, who finished tied for fifth, second, and Hunter Mahan third.