Southwest Florida golf column: Fort Myers’ George McNeill overcoming lower-back problems

George McNeill is going to have to take a different stance to get back to the PGA Tour. Literally. The Fort Myers tour pro, who had a shoulder problem early in the year, has been battling lower-back issues.  “They’re getting better,” he said at the Immokalee Charity Classic Pro-Am on Monday at The Old Collier Golf Club where he was one of 26 tour pros. “My lower back got really bad kind of middle of the year.It seems like I’ve kind of figured it out, basically how to deal with it.” And that means focusing a lot on everything with his back. “I’m changing the way I stand,” he said. “I’m changing the way I address the ball. I’m changing the way I do my posture. Everything. It’s taken a lot of pressure off my back, but I have to really think about it. Even right now standing here when I’m talking to you, this is what I’m doing. It takes a lot of work.” McNeill only played in six events on the 2016-17 schedule, missing five cuts. But he got an unexpected chance to try his new back approach a couple of weeks ago at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. “I’d played maybe four rounds in three months,” he said. “I didn’t even know I was in the tournament (he was fifth alternate). They called me Tuesday afternoon aand said ‘You’re in.’ I go ‘In what?’ They said ‘The tournament.’ I said ‘Where is it?'”   So McNeill… [Read full story]

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