McGirt beats Curran in play-off for Memorial victory


William McGirt beat Jon Curran on the second play-off hole to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Sunday.

Jack Nicklaus' tournament has become one of the premier events, and McGirt persevered through some tough conditions and strong competition to earn his first PGA Tour win.

After finishing regulation at 15 under, tied with Curran, McGirt dispatched his fellow American on their second trip to the 18th hole with a par. 

With Curran already in with a bogey, McGirt was left with a tricky up-and-down to win the tournament with a par and he did not disappoint.

Dustin Johnson, despite hitting two monster tee shots over 350 yards down the stretch, settled for solo third at 14 under after struggling on the back nine.

Johnson finished the inward nine with four bogeys and two birdies for his sixth top-five result this season.

Rory McIlroy led a group of four talented players tied for fourth at 13 under after firing a four-under 68 in a windy final round in Ohio.

Matt Kuchar, who held the lead on the back nine on Sunday, J.B Holmes and Gary Woodland also finished at 13 under.

After a short rain delay, Kuchar came back out and immediately double-bogeyed the par-four 13th.

The poor hole dropped him two shots back, and he was never able to make up he ground.

Emiliano Grillo also had a disappointing back nine.

The talented 23-year-old, who earned his first PGA Tour win late last year, climbed all the way to 16 under until he bogeyed the first four holes on the back nine.

He did birdie 14, but he double-bogeyed the par-four 17th to ball back into a tie for 11th at 11 under after shooting a five-over 41 on the finishing nine.

McGirt, who entered the week 102nd in the world rankings, will now be in the field at The Open and next year's Masters.