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October 19 2011

6:20 PM

McGirt accustomed to the pressure

ORLANDO -- The pressure William McGirt feel this week is like the bottom of the seventh in Game 7 of the World Series. Well, maybe the bottom of the eighth.

"At least I have the finals of q-school," he said.

62139504 And the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic isn't over yet. In fact, it hasn't even started -- so McGirt has four more rounds in which to secure his PGA TOUR card for 2012.

"Let's embrace it and see what we can do with it," said McGirt, who enters the Fall Series finale at Disney ranked 138th on the money list.

The rookie from North Carolinian has done the math. McGirt thinks he needs to finish solo sixth or seventh to climb into the all-exempt top 125 on the money list.

If he doesn't, though, McGirt would likely get between 12-15 starts next season playing out of the 126-150 eligibility category. And as he mentioned, he'll be exempt into the finals of q-school where he can also improve his spot in the pecking order.

Besides, McGirt has felt the pressure before. He entered the Wyndham Championship ranked 127th on the money list and played his way into the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup -- where he lasted until the  Duetsche Bank Championship.

"All year, it seemed like I put myself behind the eight-ball on Thursday and had to play well on Friday," McGirt said. "Even the cuts I've missed, I missed a bunk of cuts by a shot, but I've given myself a chance.

"Greensboro, I didn't play all that well but I played well enough. My back was firmly up against the wall at Barclays. Only had one way to go and that was up. Fortunately for me I played well.

"It's not a new position for me so I just kind of embrace it and try to make the best of it."

McGirt says he'll have to take more chances this week on the Palm and Magnolia courses. He'll be aggressive on the par 5s and hope his putter cooperates.

"Who knows?" McGirt said. "It's Disney. ... (We'll) see if we can't make more magic happen."

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