AKRON, Ohio (AP) — William McGirt won his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial. Two hours up the road in Ohio and one month later, he had a three-shot lead after one round of the Bridgestone Invitational. It’s a familiar theme, just a different character.
Winning the Memorial and this World Golf Championship in the same year has happened only four times, and McGirt took a strong guess at who did it.
“Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods and Tiger Woods?” he said.
Yes, yes, yes and yes.
The only other player to sweep the Ohio events was Greg Norman in 1995, when the WGC at Firestone was the World Series of Golf. Either way, McGirt was correct in saying, “That would be pretty good company.”
Here’s a sign of how much the PGA Tour has grown. The year Norman swept Ohio, his victory at Firestone allowed him to pass Tom Kite and become the tour’s career money leader at just under $9.5 million. That’s the size of this year’s purse. Woods now leads that list at over $110 million. So times have changed.
McGirt says his life hasn’t altered that much since his first PGA Tour title except for congratulatory messages in text…