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Tour Report: No. 71: William McGirt

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To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.

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2013 PREVIEW: North Carolinian William McGirt has proven to be a quick study on TOUR, improving 34 spots in the FedExCup Playoffs and more than doubling his earnings in his sophomore campaign. Those three top 10s have given him a taste of what it’s like to be in the hunt that could serve him well in 2013.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: A week after posting his first career top 10, McGirt was tied for the lead with two holes remaining at the RBC Canadian Open. He ended up in a tie for second after a bogey on the 71st hole but the back-to-back performances set the stage for a strong finish to the season. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: He shot 63 in the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open and took a shot at the victory before finishing T-2nd. He’s a very good athlete, could have been a professional baseball player. That hand-eye coordination helps with timing. McGirt ranks fifth on TOUR on approaches outside 275 yards. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Got after it early from the reshuffle and managed to make 30 starts. Consecutive top fives near the end of the Regular Season secured his card for 2013. Impressive splits in greens in regulation and strokes gained-putting project for a continuation of success. He’ll take his lumps like everyone else, but his style for scoring fits multiple tracks. Now that he’s exempt from the reshuffle, he can freewheel it. Mid-round value, although he’ll probably slide a bit given he’s entering just his third year on TOUR and he’s already 33 years old. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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Regular Season ranking

Final Playoffs ranking

Best finish T-2nd RBC Canadian Open
By the Numbers
Starts: 30
Cuts made: 18
Rounds played: 96
Top-10 finishes: 3
Money List rank: 74th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 138th
Driving accuracy: 107th
Greens in regulation: 65th
Strokes gained-putting: 46th
Scoring average: 76th


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