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McGirt wins Memorial Tournament

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William McGirt upset the odds to claim a surprise play-off win at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday.

Having started the final day in a three-way tie for the lead, the 36-year-old remained bogey-free in blustery conditions during the final round in Ohio, firing a 71 to finish regulation play on 15-under.

McGirt was joined on that score by Jon Curran who carded a 70 and after both parring the first play-off hole, the 36-year-old produced a brilliant up and down to claim his maiden tour title at Muirfield Village.

Having spent long-stretches of his career on mini-tours, he has now earned a three-year exemption.

After being presented with the trophy by tournament host Jack Nicklaus, McGirt was understandably delighted to have finally won on his 165th PGA Tour start and admitted it was the culmination of years of hard work and heartache.

He said: “We’re all nuts. We play this game. We chase a little ball around the grass and do it 18 times. We’re all nuts.

“No, I kept doing it because this was my ultimate dream, to get on the PGA Tour and try to win. The other thing was I didn’t know what else I was going to do.”

Elsewhere and Dustin Johnson carded a 71 on Sunday to take third, while Rory McIlroy finished with an impressive 68 to earn a tie for fourth alongside joint-overnight leaders Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar, as well as JB Holmes.

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