McGirt misses cut at Heritage; Cink leads

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Apr. 17—HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — A rough couple of days of golf on the South Carolina coast resulted in a missed cut for William McGirt.

The Fairmont native shot rounds of 74-72 on Thursday and Friday, finishing five strokes off the cut line at the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island.

McGirt birdied three of his last five holes Friday after he was 4 over for the day through 13 holes. These birdie putts came from five, six and nine feet after some solid approach shots, though the late run was too late to make any difference on the ultimate event outcome.

McGirt finishes the seventh event of his 29-start major medical extension with 11 total FedExCup points, 364 points away from the 375 points he needs at the end of his extension to maintain his PGA Tour playing status.

McGirt is not listed as in the field for next week's Zurich Classic in New Orleans, the Tour's only team event.

Stewart Cink leads the event at 16 under par after his second straight round of 8-under 63. The 47-year old and 2009 British Open champion is trying to earn his second win of the 2020-21 Tour season after having not won from 2009 until the Safeway Open last September.

Cink is five shots ahead of Corey Conners, who is 11 under after a 7-under 64 Friday. Emiliano Grillo is third at 10 under; Cameron Smith, who was the 18-hole leader Thursday after a 9-under 62, shot even on Friday and is tied for fourth with a 9-under total alongside PGA champion Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im and Billy Horschel.

Gastonia's Harold Varner III is tied for eighth at 8 under. Masters runner up Will Zalatoris is tied for 11th at 7 under, and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson is tied for 19th at 5 under; Johnson had hovered around the cut line through the first 27 holes of the event before a back-nine of 4-under 31 to finish Friday's round moved him up the leaderboard.

Defending champion Webb Simpson is tied for 40th at 3 under.

Patrick Cantlay, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia were among the players who missed the cut.