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The Tour Report

July 27 2012

4:05 PM

McGirt ready for first taste of contention

It wasn’t Thursday’s 7-under 63 but William McGirt’s Friday 66 was enough to give him a share of the clubhouse lead with Scott Piercy at the RBC Canadian Open. McGirt’s round was highlighted by four birdies in a five-hole stretch on his front nine capped by a hole-out for birdie on the par-3 eighth hole. “Yesterday it seemed like I hit a lot of really good iron shots,” McGirt said. “I did hit a couple close today, but I wasn't quite as close yesterday, so it was a little tougher to make putts. But I did sneak it by them on 8 in the front of the green, so it was a bonus. All in all it was pretty solid. Hit a lot of fairways and greens, and fortunately I made some putts.” McGirt, who earned his first career top-10 finish in 56 TOUR starts at last week’s True South Classic, is looking forward to potentially featuring in a weekend final pairing. “I've never been in this position out here,” McGirt said. “I was in the next to last group at Tampa this year. It was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it.” Should McGirt keep up his pace and win this week, he projects to move inside the FedExCup top 40. That would be a seismic shift for the second-year player, who scrambled to qualify for the Playoffs a year ago before managing a two-event stay.