FARMINGDALE, N.Y — Fairmont native William McGirt on Sunday recorded his third straight top-10 finish in tournaments in which he has played the weekend, and strengthened his position for a deep run in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.
McGirt shot a 1-over-par 72 on the difficult Bethpage State Park Black Course to finish at 3-under-par 281 in The Barclays and in an eight-way tie for 10th place, good enough for a $160,888.89 check that now puts him 68th on the money list with $1,146,934 in earnings.
A three-putt bogey on his last hole of the day cost McGirt a two-way tie for eighth place, but he is 46th on the FedEx Cup, which qualifies him for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship and makes him a near lock for the BMW Championship that begins on Sept. 6, where the top 70 player in the FedEx Cup standings will tee it up.
The top 30 players qualify for the Tour Championship on Sept. 20.
McGirt on Sunday had four birdies, on Nos. 4, 8, 13 and 16, and five bogeys, on No. 5, 6, 14, 15 and 18. In his two previous tournaments in which he made the cut, McGirt finished tied for fifth at the True South Classic and tied for second in the Canadian Open. He then missed two straight cuts, missing playing the weekend in the PGA Championship by two strokes after a last-nine 42, and being done in at the Wyndham Classic when he made two triple-bogeys.
Today McGirt is playing in a charity tournament put on by Ernie Els that raises money to fight autism.
Nick Watney won The Barcleys by shooting a final-round 69, good for a 2-shot win over Brandt Snedeker and 3 shots ahead of Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who each began the final round tied with McGirt at 4 under par, each faded with a 5-over-par 76 on Sunday.