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George McNeil Playing Very Good Golf at The John Deere Classic

Thomas Moreland@NFLMIKEESenior Writer IJuly 10, 2010

SILVIS, IL - JULY 9: Jeff Maggert follows through on a tee shot during the second round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run on July 9, 2010 in Silvis, Illinois. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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George McNeil, originally from Naples, Florida, is cruising under the radar this weekend along with two other players that could sneak up on the leaders over the weekend's play.

McNeil has had a quiet career in the PGA with no wins. He has career earnings of almost five million dollars. That's not bad work, if you can get it.

George McNeil's best finish this season is a tie for fifth at the Northern Trust Open, and is 112th on the money list. THis could be a big Fed-Ex Cup point boost and payday as well for McNeil.

Then there's Matt Jones, who at one point had it to minus 13 yesterday, but dropped back to tie McNeil and our other contender.

Matt Jones is from Sydney, New South Wales, and has been a pro for nine years with career earnings of almost three million dollars.

He has four top 10 finishes and could also break through in a big way if he keeps up the solid play this weekend.

Last but certainly not least is Jeff Maggert, a fine player with career earnings of over $17.5 million since 1986.

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Maggert's best finish this season is a tie for sixth at the Shell Houston Open.

It's amazing how much money these guys can make just averaging around 71 all season on these difficult courses. Many are designed now to take the edge off the technological advancements of modern golf equipment.

I think the players are winning, carding 59s and 60s this week.

Other players with a chance to contend on Sunday include Aaron Baddeley and Brendon De Jonge both at minus 10. James Nitties and Boo Weekley are right behind them at minus nine.

Well, my Yahoo Fantasy Team has had a first. Three players missed the cut. K.J. Choi, Fredrik Jacobson and Joe Durant.

My survivors are doing quite well. Stricker is in the lead. Tim Clarke made it to five under par.

Currently, I have gained a few points on my last hurdle, Matt Romig, the last Yahoo expert I have to pass, to be ahead of all four of them this season.

I have risen to the 85th percentile, 3885 points, in the position of 22,401 for the season.

All I have left are Stricker and Clarke to score points on Saturday and Sunday, so I will root for Stricker to repeat.

If Goydos manages to pull off a win after his emotionally charged 59, which can actually be draining trying to get back to that level once more, that would not be so bad either.

Enjoy the golf on Saturday and Sunday, as we have perhaps only four to six players with a chance to mount an attack on Stricker and Goydos who have this course like the Rolling Stones said, Under My Thumb.

Thomas [NFL Mikee] Moreland

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