Brendan Steele posted a 2-over-par 38-35 -- 73 on the Congressional Country Club course at the Quicken Loans National tournament in Bethesda, Maryland, Thursday, to drop two shots below the projected cutline going into Friday's play.

Early in his round, two three-putts -- one from 35 feet and another from 12 feet -- contributed to his undoing, along with a water ball, but the native Idyllwilder collected himself over his last seven holes, draining birdie putts from 15 and 11 feet, to give himself a chance at the weekend going into round two.

B tees off Friday at 9:00 a.m. PDT.