'Back against the wall,' McGirt fighting to keep card


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – William McGirt was this year’s poster child for FedEx Cup excess. He entered the playoffs in the final spot (No. 125) of the standings after having a season that did not warrant a postseason appearance. Yet, he played well enough at The Barclays to advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Fast-forward to this week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic and McGirt is struggling to keep full status on the PGA Tour for 2012. He’s at No. 138 in earnings ($522,781) and has missed 13 cuts in 31 appearances this year.

If it weren’t for a late-season rally at the Fall Series – where McGirt has made all three cuts and has earned more than $90,000 – he would be well outside the top 150 in earnings with no status for next year. McGirt’s best finish this year is a 16th-place tie two weeks ago in Las Vegas.

“My back is against the wall,” McGirt said Thursday after an opening 67 at Disney. “I’m just trying to play golf. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. All I can do is play my best.”