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McGirt tames Firestone with 64 in quest for sweep

AKRON, Ohio — William McGirt and Tiger Woods don’t have much in common when it comes to golf résumés.

McGirt won his first PGA Tour title earlier this month, Woods has won 79. McGirt has won $7.75 million in his career, Woods won $10.86 million in 2007 alone and has amassed $110 million since turning pro. McGirt’s played in two majors, Woods has won 14.

But McGirt is in position to go where only Woods has gone before following his eye-opening, bogey-free 6-under-par 64 Thursday on the South Course at Firestone Country Club in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Only Woods has entered the winner’s circle in the same year at The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, and the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Woods pulled off the Ohio two-step in 1999, 2000-01 and 2009.

McGirt won The Memorial in a playoff earlier this month.

“That would be pretty special company,” McGirt said of joining Woods, who has won 18 WGC events., while McGirt is playing in his first.

McGirt is three clear following his…

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