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William McGirt wins Memorial in a playoff

  • William McGirt reacts to his putt on the ninth hole during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    William McGirt reacts to his putt on the ninth hole during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jon Curran hits to the ninth green during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Jon Curran hits to the ninth green during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • William McGirt watches a putt on the second hole during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    William McGirt watches a putt on the second hole during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

William McGirt won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a playoff victory in the Memorial that earned him an audience with Jack Nicklaus and a spot in the U.S. Open.

McGirt won in his 165th start on the tour. He played bogey-free the final round for a 1-under 71, two-putting from 65 feet to get into a playoff with Jon Curran, who closed with a 70.

They finished at 15-under 273.

McGirt won with a par on the second extra hole at No. 18, getting up-and-down from the rough behind the green by holing a putt just outside 6 feet. He will move into the top 50 in the world. He is assured of staying in the top 60 next week to qualify for the Open.