William McGirt is playing the best golf of his career in late July 2012. A professional since 2004, he posted his first-ever top 10 finish on the PGA Tour at the True South Classic, finishing in a tie for fifth place on Sunday, July 22nd.
Just one week later, at the end of play on Saturday, July 28th, McGirt is 15-under par through three rounds in the RBC Canadian Open. Having posted six consecutive scores in the 60s, over the last two tournaments, he is one shot behind Robert Garrigus, the tournament leader. McGirt and Garrigus will be paired together as the last group on Sunday, July 29th, in the final round at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, in Ancaster, Ontario.
With only one top 10 finish, in 55 prior career starts on the PGA Tour, you may consider William McGirt a long-shot to win the Canadian Open. On the other hand, of the five other golfers within four shots of the lead, only Scott Stallings has claimed more than one career victory on Tour. Having hoisted the trophy at last week's True South Classic, Stallings is four shots behind in search of back-to-back triumphs.
Robert Garrigus, Scott Piercy, Chris Kirk, and Bo Van Pelt have each claimed victory one time on Tour. Together they have a total of four wins in more than 650 events played, not exactly a record of dominant finishes. Garrigus is leading the tournament at 16-under par. William McGirt trails by a single shot, at 15-under. Piercy is one shot further behind, at 14-under. Scott Stallings, Kirk, and Van Pelt are each at 12-under, four shots out of the lead.
In the first three rounds at the 2012 Canadian Open, William McGirt has posted scores of 63, 66, and 66. This is following three consecutive 18-hole scores of 69, 64, and 67 to close out the True South Classic. McGirt is playing the best golf of his PGA Tour career and, with one more solid round, has an opportunity to hoist his first winner's trophy on Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.