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McNeill moves closer to first Tour win

Having already secured full exemption for 2008, the 29-year-old Garrigus would love to break the top 70 on the money list to earn automatic entry into the elite invitational events. He was 101st with $906,510 in earnings coming into this tournament.

The slow play certainly didn't sit well with Daly, who much prefers a quick pace. Daly was held up more than 15 minutes to begin his back nine - which started on the first tee - after the leaders began their rounds.

Waiting to tee off on No. 3, Daly leaned on his bag, fiddled with his clubs and took a smoke break - with a gallery of about 200 following him, many with beers in hand before noon. No matter that he hit into bunkers on back-to-back shots on No. 2.

Daly, who shot a blistering 28 on the back nine Friday to bounce back for a 63 after a first-round 74, was tied for 68th at 1 under after his 77.

Willis didn't get his first birdie until sinking a 14-foot putt on No. 7, and was the only one in the leading group without a bogey on the front nine until he got one on the very next hole to go back to 13 under.

McNeill's friend, Casey Roan, was scheduled to return to Connecticut but stayed in the desert for Saturday's round after McNeill was in such good position.

The men attended the same high school and often played together. Roan was the club pro at the former Lochmoor Country Club in Fort Myers when McNeill was a high school and junior golfer.

Jason Gore and Nick Watney, in the second-to-last group, both fell off the leaderboard in a hurry. Gore shot a 73 and was tied for eighth, while Watney - dressed in bold pants with a large plaid print - was already 4 over for the day after double bogeying his first two holes and finished in a share of 27th place at 7 under with his 76.

Bob May, the first-day leader who like Watney lives in Las Vegas and drew cheers as he teed off, was among the seven in eighth place.

One person enjoying the golf was Katie Walker, a freshman on the golf team at Cal State Bakersfield despite playing with a prosthetic on her left leg. The 18-year-old Walker was born with a heart murmur, one kidney, an improperly formed gastrointestinal tract and a missing tibia in her left leg that eventually led to it being amputated.

Walker was helping out with a clinic for close to 200 high school golfers led by noted instructor Butch Harmon, who personally invited her to take part.

"I never really considered myself having a handicap," Walker said. "My motto's always been that if you put your mind to it and you're determined, you can do it. You might do it a little differently, but you can still accomplish those things."

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