McGirt preps for another strong run at the John Deere Classic

By: Staff report

SILVIS, Ill. — After making the cut last week at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier for the second time in his career, Fairmont native William McGirt will play for a second straight week as the PGA Tour stops at the John Deere Classic.

The back-to-back events for McGirt is the first time he has played in consecutive tournaments since early June. In his six trips to TPC Deere Run, McGirt has finished under par in every appearance.

For the first two rounds, he is grouped with Chris Stroud and Aaron Baddeley, and will go off the first tee at 7:50 a.m. on Thursday.

The par 71, 7,268-yard tract has served McGirt well in his previous six visits with four cuts made. His career-best finish came in 2014, with a tie for 23rd finish.

Since then, he has recorded a tie for 71st in 2017 and a tie for 41st in 2015. Leading up to his best finish at the John Deere Classic, he was cut in 2012 and 2013. In McGirt’s first visit to the event, he picked up a tie for 60th finish in 2011.

He enters this week fifth on Tour in scrambling from 10 to 20 yards out.

Bryson DeChambeau, the defending champion of the event, tees off with Ryan Moore and Davis Love III at 1:10 p.m. from the first tee on Thursday.

Being the last Tour stop before The Open Championship, the John Deere Classic has qualification chances for one person, who finishes in the top five and ties that is not already in the field for this year’s third major.


Staff report