Found February 15, 2014 on Back9Network:
On the strength of five birdies among his first six holes Saturday, Back9Network ambassador William McGirt jumped to the top of the leaderboard at the Northern Trust Open with a third-round 6-under 65. That gives him a two-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round at Riviera Country Club.And it puts the 34-year-old on track to collect his first career PGA Tour victory. McGirt has twice finished second – at the 2012 and 2013 Canadian Opens.He began the week with a 2-under 69 on Thursday, then dropped two strokes with a 67 on Friday. That round started on No. 10 for McGirt, and he began his back nine with an eagle on the 503-yard par-5 first hole.McGirt started Saturday in fifth place and three shots back of leader Sang-moon Bae, but the birdie binge to begin his day quickly made up for that difference. He cooled off and ended his front nine with three straight pars, then carded three more birdies in his first four back-nine holes. After McGirt bogeyed 15, he settled for three more pars to close out the round.McGirt’s three consecutive rounds in the 60s are his first since last year’s Canadian Open in July.We’ll have an all #Srixon final group tomorrow @NTrustOpen with @WilliamMcGirt, Charlie Beljan & George McNeill!— Srixon (@SrixonGolf) February 15, 2014 George McNeill and Charlie Beljan are right on McGirt’s heels at 10-under, and three more players sit at 9-under. Half a dozen guys are 8-under going into the final round, including a quartet of big names: Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Dustin Johnson.Only Watson had a better day than McGirt with a bogey-free 64. James Hahn matched McGirt’s 65, but sits well back in a tie for 24th.Related Link: 5 Questions with William McGirtOther Hot Links:- 9 Best Moments at Riviera Country Club- So Happy Together: Fred Couples at Riviera Country Club- Golfstradamaus: The Northern Trust Open- 5 Things You Need to Know About Northern Trust Open- Cheyenne Woods & Coach Knew 2014 Could Be Big Year- Ian Poulter Trash Talks Michael Jordan… In His Head- Bubba Watson Appears on ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’

McGirt shoots 65, leads by 2 heading into final round at Riviera

William McGirt made eight birdies in 13 holes and wound up with a 6-under 65 in the Northern Trust Open on Saturday for a two-shot lead going into the final round. McGirt has never held a 54-hole lead on the U.S. PGA Tour. He had one close call when he was runner-up at the Canadian Open two years ago. With steady play in calm conditions off Sunset Boulevard, he opened up a two-shot...

Back9 Ambassador: William McGirt

William McGirt is a professional golfer from Boiling Springs, SC. McGirt attended Woffard College and turned pro in 2004. After a couple years on what is now the Tour, McGirt earned his PGA Tour card in 2010 via Q-School and hasn’t looked back. He made the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in 2011 and again last year in 2013. One of his favorite places to visit is Cape...

Northern Trust Open: Round 3 recap

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Without any of the PGA Tour's heavyweights at the top of the leaderboard this week at the Northern Trust Open, a theme began to emerge after Saturday's third round. The clubhouse leader, William McGirt, and two of the guys chasing him, Charlie Beljan and Jason Allred, are far from phenoms. They stood in front of the media Saturday afternoon recalling...
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