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July 28 2013

7:45 PM

McGirt again a runner-up in Canada


William McGirt made great FedExCup gains when he finished second in Canada. (Martin/Getty Images)

By David McPherson, Special to PGATOUR.COM

OAKVILLE, Ontario -- On a windy final day at Glen Abbey that saw gusts reach 25 mph – making scoring more difficult – William McGirt breezed up the leaderboard.

With a closing 4-under 68 McGirt finished T2 in the RBC Canadian Open for the second straight year. In fact, seven of McGirt’s last eight rounds north of the U.S. border have been in the 60s. Something in the water perhaps that makes McGirt play some of his best golf in Canada?

“I don’t know … for some reason I’m very comfortable up here,” said the 34-year-old. “The crowds are great and the people appreciate good shots.”

With this co-runner-up finish, McGirt also made a big move in the FedExCup standings, going from No. 119 to No.80, putting him in great position to make the FedExCup Playoffs.

Dustin Johnson, Jason Bohn, and Matt Kuchar joined McGirt in second place with a four-day total of -13. The T2 gave Bohn his first back-to-back top-10 finishes of his career and gave Kuchar his seventh top 10 of the season, which includes a win at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Kuchar said the wind was definitely a factor on Sunday.

“Today was by far the hardest day. The wind was strong and coming from a different direction. It was difficult.  Definitely the most challenging all four days, for sure. I felt like I was off and running with a birdie on the first and then hit a bad drive on 2. Two was drastically different. Playing into the wind on that tee shot, it was a hard one to get a line on and then into the wind you really get confused.”

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