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Sep. 4—NEWBURGH, Ind. — For a few moments after making eagle on Victoria National's 15th hole Friday, Fairmont's William McGirt was inside the top 10 at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Newburgh, Indiana.
But a double bogey on the 17th hole brought McGirt back to the middle of the pack, where he will start the weekend; a 2-under 70 in Friday's second round leaves at 1 under par overall, tied for 44th.
After an up-and-down round of 1-over 73 on Thursday, McGirt shot a 4-under 32 with five birdies on his first nine holes Friday. After bogeys at the 10th and 12th, an eagle at the par-5 15th brought McGirt back to 4 under for the round and 3 under overall. After taking a penalty stroke and finding a greenside bunker on the 17th, the double bogey dropped him back to 2 under for the day, before he parred the 18th.
McGirt will tee off at 9:40 a.m. ET Saturday, paired with Rhein Gibson.
Trey Mullinax leads the tournament at 10 under par.
McGirt will likely need to finish in approximately the top five this week to be one of the top 25 players in total points over the three events to earn full PGA Tour status for next season; he also still has 17 starts remaining in a 29-event major medical extension, a number which should allow him to maintain status for all or most of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season. KFT Finals starts do not count towards the extension.