WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – George McNeill was planning to take the next month off from competitive golf, even before learning of his sister Michele’s death on Sunday.
Now his plans have changed.
McNeill was one of four players to qualify for The Open Championship following a final-round, 9-under 61 at The Greenbrier Classic that elevated him into the field for the year’s third major championship.
“Absolutely, I’m planning on it,” he told GolfChannel.com. “I’m going to go home this week and obviously take care of a lot of family stuff, then I’ll play that week and come home for a couple of weeks.”
Along with McNeill, Chris Stroud, Cameron Tringale and Billy Hurley III also punched their tickets by virtue of T-4 finishes this week.
The top four players in the top 12 who weren’t previously qualified each received a spot. Stroud, Tringale and Hurley each earned theirs over fellow fourth-place finishers Bud Cauley and Will Wilcox based on a world ranking tiebreaker.
For Hurley, it was a silver lining on a day that saw him begin as the 54-hole leader, only to drop on the leaderboard due to a 3-over 73.
“I was thinking about it on the last couple of holes, looking at the leaderboard and trying to do the math in my head,” he said. “I knew what was at stake for The Open. I am really excited to play in my second major and my first Open Championship.”