Professional golfer William McGirt was diagnosed with mild OA and wears Unloader One to reduce knee pain while on tour.
William McGirt began playing golf with his aunt as soon as he could walk and eventually attended Wofford College on a golfing scholarship. In 2001, with three collegiate tournament titles and the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year award to his name, McGirt’s prospects as a professional golfer looked bright. Unfortunately, during the first fall tournament of his senior year, near the end of an extremely successful college career, McGirt injured his knee, tearing every major ligament except his ACL.
After a series of surgeries, McGirt persevered and returned to the game, turning professional in 2004. Years later, McGirt began experiencing knee pain related to his prior knee injury. It was the beginning of knee osteoarthritis, although he didn’t realize it at the time.
It was a chance encounter with an Össur Sales Rep in 2013 at a Pro-Am tournament in Arizona that educated him about knee OA and the Össur Unloader One knee brace. After consulting with his doctor, McGirt learned that he was suffering from mild knee osteoarthritis and operating with only 30% of his meniscus.
McGirt began using the Unloader One osteoarthritis knee brace shortly thereafter and has been using it ever since. The brace provides support and relief during long practices and competitions and on hilly and wet courses with spongy grass. At 37, McGirt credits Unloader One with keeping him in the game.
In fact, 2016 was the best year of McGirt’s professional career! Finishing in the top 10 in a total of seven PGA tournaments and securing his first tour victory at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, he went on to finish 2016 at 24th in the FedEx Cup standings.
William started 2017 with a bang! In his first Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, he was in second place, just 2 strokes off the leader, with nine holes to play. Unfortunately, he encountered some challenges on the back nine, but still secured another top 10 finish to start the year! We welcome Will to the Össur family and look forward to working with him to spread greater awareness of non-invasive treatment options for knee osteoarthritis.
Össur’s Unloader One is a comfortable, lightweight and low-profile knee brace that provides excellent unloading leverage for patients with mild-to-severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis (OA). The Unloader One’s unique design is clinically proven to relieve patients’ knee pain and improve their function, while also reducing their use of pain medication. Learn more about Össur’s full line of osteoarthritis knee braces here: https://www.ossur.com/unloader-braces/braces.