William McGirt misses out on a spot in the PGA Championship field by $11

Jonathan Wall

Williams McGirt came oh-so-close to picking up his first PGA Tour win on Sunday at the RBC Canandian Open. Tied with eventual winner Scott Piercy going into the last few holes, McGirt bogeyed the 18th to miss out on a potential playoff.

It was a tough pill to swallow, but with a couple top-5 finishes in his last two events, the journeyman figured he had something to look forward to: his first major championship start.

With almost a $1 million in earning this season, McGirt figured his recent finishes, coupled with eight straight made cuts to end 2011, would be enough to get him in the field at Kiawah Island.

But when McGirt woke up on Tuesday morning, he noticed he was on the outside looking in as the first alternate. Bummer. Want to know how close he came to teeing it up in his first major? Try $11. Yep, 11 measly dollars.

In another example of how every shot counts, McGirt missed getting into the PGA Championship by $11. The PGA of America went down to No. 78 on its points list to fill the field of 156 players for next week at Kiawah Island. The points list is based on PGA Tour earnings from the Bridgestone Invitational last year through the Canadian Open.

According to Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson, there's a chance McGirt might not have to wait very long see if he gets in. Two spots in the field are held open for winners of this week's Bridgestone Invitational and Reno-Tahoe Open, meaning if one of the two winners already has his PGA Championship ticket punched, McGirt would get in.

For now, however, he has to wait and see what happens. If missing out on his first win by one shot wasn't bad enough, now he has to deal with the possibility of missing out on his first major start by $11. Talk about a rough couple of days.