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First-timer McGirt happy with his position heading into weekend

April 7, 2017

William McGirt faded a bit late in his second round, but the 37-year-old who is playing in his first Masters tournament couldn’t have written a better script for his first two rounds.

So much so that he’s hoping the conditions don’t improve as they are projected to over the weekend.

“I’m pulling for more of this, maybe a little warmer, but more wind,” McGirt said.

McGirt played a pretty consistent round in another day where wind was a prevalent storyline, making a pair of birdies early in the round and a few late bogeys for a 1-over 73. He’s at 2 under for the tournament and has as good a shot as anyone heading into the weekend.

Most times McGirt has practiced at Augsuta National Golf Club, the wind has been blowing, not as much as Thursday and Friday, but his experience practicing in the wind showed. He has only made four bogeys through two rounds of the tournament.

“Some guys have only been down here when it’s calm and they kind of don’t know what to expect,” McGirt said. “...This is what I’ve played under and practiced. I don’t know what to do when it’s calm out here.”

However, the wind did get to him at times just as it did with everyone else on the course. On No. 14 the wind switched directions on him during his third shot from just off the green, and he ended up with a 16-foot putt for par that he missed.

“That’s the fine line out here. The difference between a great shot and just being dead is so minute,” McGirt said. “Something like a wind gust can make a decent shot great or a great shot really, really bad. You’re kind of at the mercy of the golf gods at that point.”

McGirt added another bogey on the 18th. He hit a good shot from the bunker to leave himself 6 feet for par, but he narrowly missed the putt.

“There’s a lot of golf left and you’ve got to put yourself in position to make a run,” McGirt said. “It is what it is. All you can do is play your best, and if somebody goes out and shoot lights out you can’t control. All I’m going to do is try to play my game over the weekend, and hopefully I can make enough birdies to do something.”