2016 has been filled with many first-time winners on tour. William McGirt can now be added to that list after yesterday's win at The Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus. McGirt finished at -15 overall, which left him in a tie for the lead with Jon Curran.
Both golfers made pars on the first playoff hole. McGirt got up and down for par and Curran was unable to sink his birdie attempt, which would have given him the win. On the second playoff hole, Curran hit his second shot into the gallery and was unable to make par. McGirt was also over the green, but he was able to chip within a few feet of the cup for the par, and the victory. As the winner, McGirt shook Jack Nicklaus' hand as the official tournament host.
Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy just missed out on the playoff by coming in second and third place. This is one of the final tune-ups for the two before the U.S. Open in just a few short weeks.
This week, The Fed Ex St. Jude Classic from Memphis, Tennessee is next up on tour. This is the final tour event before golf’s second major championship. Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are expected to compete.