McNeill packs, then unloads a 67
Friday afternoon he was making plans to check back in after shooting a 5-under-par 67 that lifted him just above the cutline. He made it on the number at 2-under 142, the first time in three tries he's had a chance to play the weekend at TPC Sawgrass.
"I figured I'd be jumping in my car 10 minutes after putting out and driving home," McNeill, 34, said after his bogey-free effort initiated by a birdie-birdie start. "I held a reservation just in case. But after the way I played yesterday (75). I just expected the worst and hoped for the best. Obviously, I played pretty well to get back into it.
"I was just not swinging very well, missed a lot of putts. But I forced myself to go out to the range and hit some balls and try to figure it out. I got a little more comfortable with my game."
McNeill got inside the cutline by sinking a 12-foot par putt at the 16th and then hitting a pitching wedge to 10 feet and sinking the birdie at the island par-3 17th.
"That felt pretty good," said McNeill, who now can put off his 5-hour drive home to Fort Myers, Fla., for two more days. "Everything is in the car, and now I have to pull it all out, but I'd rather keep playing, obviously."