Everyone who doesn't follow the PGA Tour religiously -- and even some who do -- might be excused for not knowing more about the Northern Trust Open's 54-hole leader. Will McGirt isn't particularly high profile (although, until a few weeks ago, neither was Jimmy Walker), so here's a quick fact file about him:
A North Carolina native, McGirt attended Wofford College in South Carolina and graduated in 2001. After school he remained an amateur for three years, working for his dad for a time at the Eastern Junior Golf Association.
After turning pro in 2004, McGirt played a variety of mini-tours, mostly in the Southeastern United States. In 2009 he made it onto the Web.com Tour via Q-School and, after failing to gain promotion to the PGA Tour, went back to Q-School in 2010. He finished second, earning him his PGA Tour card for the following year. He lost his card in 2011, but finished in the top three again at Q-School to make his way back onto the PGA Tour in 2012.
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2012 and 2013
In the 54 PGA Tour events McGirt played in 2012 and 2013, he accumulated five top ten finishes, including consecutive runner-up finishes at the Canadian Open. He finished 74th and 92nd on the 2012 and 2013 PGA Tour money list, respectively. A win at the 2014 Northern Trust Open would be his first on tour.