ORLANDO — It’s not how you start, but how you finish, and William McGirt showed that in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.
After a rough stretch to start his round on Sunday, Fairmont native William McGirt rebounded nicely over the final 15 holes to finish the Arnold Palmer Invitational in a tie for 26th. The finish nets him $59,319 and 27 FedEx Cup points.
“All in all I was pleased with the way I played last week,” he told The Robesonian. “I fought my putter a bit on Thursday and Friday, but started to feel pretty good over it Saturday and Sunday.”
He currently sits at 72nd in the FedEx Cup standings after a pair of top 30 finishes in back-to-back weeks.
Entering the round at 5 under for the tournament, McGirt went back to even par in three holes with two straight bogey and then a triple bogey on the third hole.
“I kind of wanted to hit the reset button and go start over after those first three holes,” McGirt said. “As I walked to the fourth tee I said to (caddie) Brandon (Antus) that I felt like I had made one so so swing and I’m 5 over through three.”
Over the final 15 holes, he picked up five birdies before a bogey on the final hole to shoot a 1-over 73.
“I knew I was playing well and could get some of the strokes back but I was gonna have to play hard,” he said. “I fought back to even but was stuck between clubs on 18 and ended up making bogey. I was proud of how I came back.”
Rory McIlroy shot a Sunday 64 to win the tournament at 18 under, beating out Bryson DeChambeau by three strokes.
McGirt will sit out this week before returning to the course at the Houston Open on March 29 with one goal in mind.
“I will play Houston next week in hopes of winning to get back into The Masters,” he said.
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