First-lap leader Chez Reavie barely made the cut after a 75-lap that included five bogeys and a double bogey left him eight strokes behind. Phil Mickelson (69) was seven at five cents.
McNealy, who missed the cut here a year ago, started the day three strokes off the pace after an opening 68, but quickly caught up with birdies on three of his first four holes.
The 25-year-old Northern California native had 9 points under the turn before tripping when his approach shot at No.1 sailed into a bunker on the green. McNealy had to fight for the bogey, dropped another shot on the next hole when a short putt missed along, then fell to 6 under after entering a bunker on the green again.
One of McNealy’s bogeys arrived after his tee shot at No. 3 ricocheted backwards off a tree and traveled 50 yards on a cart track.
“I actually think a golf cart rolled over my ball so I had to drop it,” said McNealy, ranked 110th. “The first nine, I played pretty much flawless golf. Did the tour and it’s funny how it goes. All of a sudden I did three bogeys in a row.
McNealy got back on track with a 10-foot birdie putt on number 4. Two more birdies followed before he landed a brilliant shot from a bunker for another birdie of seven. , McNealy let his approach short on the final 571-yard, par-5 hole, then used a sand wedge to hit a bump-and-run that rolled for the Eagle.
“I was actually a little nervous because it looked like he landed in a field mark and then shot forward and to the right,” McNealy said. “It turned out to be a good kick.”
This put McNealy, winner of the 2015 Haskins Award at Stanford as the best male college golfer, in good shape for the weekend as he seeks his first win on the tour.
“I keep telling myself that every putt you make now is one less you have to make later,” said McNealy. “It’s great to be on top of the standings now, but it means a lot more to be on top at the end of 72 holes.”
Hossler played without a bogey and entered the contention with eight birdies to reach 10 under. This helped him overcome an uneven first lap which included a double bogey – his only dash flaw so far.
“I didn’t try to force him in the hole, but I did a lot of putts at the halfway point and that’s where you can really take hits,” Hossler said. “I know I can roll the ball well on the greens, so I just need to have as many chances as possible.”
Mickelson, 51, overcame a pair of bogeys and a cracked head on his fairway wood to stay in the race.
“I’m putting on well, so I have a chance to race,” said Mickelson.
European – Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg broke the course record he set a day earlier with a score of 11 under 61 on Saturday to open an eight-stroke lead after three rounds of the Dutch Open.
Broberg, ranked 772nd, opened with four birdies and an eagle on his first six holes in benign conditions at Bernardus club in Cromvoirt, the Netherlands, and had six more birdies in a back nine without a bogey.
The 35-year-old Swede has dropped to 23 years under the total. He set the course record for the first time on Friday with a 64.
The tournament marks a return to form for Broberg after the last few years marred by injuries. He only played 11 events between 2018 and 2020 due to a combination of hip and knee injuries.
Broberg needed an eagle three on the last hole for a round of 59, but he hit his drive well to the left and made it a par five.
Broberg’s only victory on the European Tour dates back six years at the BMW Masters in China, when he beat Patrick Reed in the playoffs.
The Danish Marcus Helligkilde (68) remained in second place at 15 years old.
LPGA – Saturday’s game in the Cambia Portland Classic of the LPGA Tour has been called off due to wet conditions and forecast rain at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Ore.
The hilly course was soggy with over 1½ inches of rain overnight.
The LPGA Tour said tournament officials will monitor precipitation and rate the course in preparation for the start of the third round on Sunday at 7.15am. . Playing on Monday to complete 54 or 72 holes is also an option.
Second-place Jin Young Ko on Friday shot under 67-5 to take the second-round lead with a score of 136-8. Gemma Dryburgh was one step back.