Will McGirt to Skip WGC in China for Sanderson Farms Pro-Am

Monday October 24th, 2016
William McGirt celebrates after winning the Memorial golf tournament in early June.
AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Will McGirt can't play in the Sanderson Farms Championship, but he's going anyway.

PGA Tour rules prohibit players from entering another Tour-sanctioned event held during the same week as a World Golf Championship, but that didn't convince the reigning Memorial Tournament Champion to tee it up in China this week.

Instead of flying to Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions, McGirt will head to Mississippi just to take part in the pro-am before the Sanderson Farms Championship, passing up on the prestigious no-cut event which paid out more than $40,000 to its last-place finisher a year ago.

"It’s about two things," McGirt told Mississippi Today. "One, I have no interest in flying halfway around the world to China to play in a golf tournament. Two, I want to support a tournament I love and a cause I believe in. So that’s what I am going to do."

McGirt finished tied for second at the event last year and has played it each of the last five seasons, while this year was the first time the Tour journeyman had qualified for the WGC-HSBC Champions.

The WGC will have to wait at least another year for McGirt.

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