CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
He tugged his cap over his face on the 18th green and shouted, not willing to share exactly what he said.
“If I have any chance of playing well tomorrow, I’m going to need to get past it and come out ready to go or else I’m going to get run over,” Watney said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
McNeill was not immune. He sliced his tee shot on the 15th into the middle of a large tree, leaving him no choice but to punch out sideways on a par 5 that he couldn’t reach in two, anyway. He wound up reaching this green in four shots, missing a par putt from about 10 feet to drop pa shot.
McNeill at least wound up in the final group. And he’s not quite sure how he got there.
“Phil looked like he was kind of moving ahead of everyone, and then I don’t know what he did on 16, but it looked like either 15 or 16 he had kind of a mess-up,” McNeill said. “Then Nick, with the shot that he hit on 17, that actually shook me up probably more than it shook him up. ... Honestly, I didn’t even know until I was standing on 18 green, and then I looked and I’m like, ‘Oh, wow, I’m tied for the lead.”’
Not for long. He made bogey and fell one shot behind, still in the mix, along with so many others.