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April 30 2011

7:40 PM

McNeill goes low, moves into contention

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer

After finishing 138th on the money list in 2010, George McNeill has only conditional status on the PGA TOUR this year. A big week here could go a long way toward changing that.

McNeill, who tied for fifth early this season in Puerto Rico, shot a 7-under 65 Saturday -- the low round of the day so far -- to move to 10 under for the week and within reach of the lead.

How good was McNeill Saturday? Over his last 12 holes, he made seven birdies. His best shot of the day? How about driving the 377-yard par-4 13th, where he two-putted from 38 feet for birdie.

Given his status, McNeill came into this week with just four starts. If he continues to play this well, he’ll certainly get a lot more.

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