Monday, June 6

William McGirt: 'I Definitely Had My Nose Bloodied a Few Times'

WILLIAM MCGIRT WON THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT on Sunday by being as tough as nails coming down the stretch and in a sudden-death playoff with Jon Curran. Despite mediocre ball-striking (McGirt's characterization), the 12-year pro kept bogeys off his scorecard and made several clutch putts to claim his first PGA Tour title.

"It will all sink in at some point," McGirt, 36, said after receiving congratulations from tournament host Jack Nicklaus.

McGirt is now exempt for three years on the PGA Tour and will play in the majors, including the U.S. Open at Oakmont next week. It's the first U.S. Open for a journeyman who is now ranked 43rd in the world.

He said, ''I wondered for years if I would ever get to the PGA Tour. And then once you get out here, OK, you've played 160 events. Are you ever going to win?

"But I think you have to get your nose bloodied some to learn how to handle it, and I definitely had my nose bloodied a few times.''

McGirt may also have spilled some blood at Muirfield Village, but this time the other guy looked a little worse.

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