In keeping with the trend in Round 2, George McNeill has slowed down on the front nine. The 2007 winner here bogeyed the third holes to drop back to 5 under on the day and 11 under for the week, one shot behind Ryuji Imada.
George McNeill, who won this event in 2007 and finished second last year, just eagled the Kodak Challenge hole (the par-5 16th) to get to 6 under on the day after seven holes. The eagle pushes him to 12 under for the week and into a tie for the lead with Ryugi Imada.
McNeill has a hard time explaining why he's so tough at TPC Summerlin. In nine career rounds here, he's broken 70 every time.
"I have no idea. I think I say the same thing every year because I get the same question every year," McNeill said. "I don't know why. Must have been just from the first year when I played here and I won, obviously I've had success here. I feel comfortable going around this golf course.
"I know where to hit it and where not to hit it. Whether the other guys have figured it out or not, I don't know. But it seems to me that I've somewhat figured that out."
Looks like The Live Report jinxed Jeff Overton. As soon as we published the note about him taking the lead – with a bogey-free round, to boot – guess what happened.
Overton missed a 10-footer to save par at the 18th hole. So now he’s back in a logjam at the top of the leaderboard with Pat Perez, George McNeill and Erik Compton. Compton, though, could break the tie – he has two holes remaining. – Helen Ross
George McNeill has some company at the top of the leaderboard now. Pat Perez has just matched the Floridian’s 64 after making seven birdies and one bogey.
Looks like there will be some more candidates, too. Jeff Overton is 6 under through 16 holes while Erik Compton, a double heart-transplant recipient, is at the same number through 14.
Now the low scores are starting to pour in at The Greenbrier, where George McNeill just carded a 64 to take the outright lead (for now). Not surprisingly, McNeill’s ball-striking was in good form with 15 greens in regulation (a common theme among the leaders). He also missed just one putt from inside 10 feet after averaging just under 25 feet on his approach shots.
Ranked 120th coming into the week in FedExCup points, McNeill needs a good performance to make it to the Playoffs, which start in a few weeks. The turnaround obviously couldn’t have come at a better time, either, with McNeill having missed five of his last seven cuts. -- Brian Wacker