Timothy O'Neal (golfer)

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Personal information
Full name Timothy Andrea O'Neal
Born (1972-08-03) August 3, 1972 (age 45)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12.3 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Spouse Melody
Children 2
Career
College Jackson State
Turned professional 1997
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Latinoamérica (2013–16)
Former tour(s) Web.com Tour (2001, 2005–08, 2014)
Asian Tour (2009)
Professional wins 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 2015
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Timothy Andrea O'Neal (born August 3, 1972) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and previously on the Web.com Tour.[1][2]

Amateur career[edit]

Prior to turning professional, O'Neal had a distinguished amateur career winning 16 college tournaments during his time at Jackson State University.[2] He also won the Georgia Amateur Championship in 1997.[3]

Professional career[edit]

For a very brief period early in his professional career, Will Smith sponsored O'Neal.[2] O'Neal mainly played on U.S. mini-tours until receiving his Buy.com Tour card for the 2001 season (now named Web.com Tour), having missed out on a PGA Tour card at qualifying school by a single stroke following a double bogey on the final hole.[4] O'Neal had a tough first season on the tour recording only two top-10 finishes ending 59th on the money list. In the following season, O'Neal only played three events on the Buy.com Tour and lost his tour card for the 2003 season.[5]

In 2004, O'Neal once again missed out on a PGA Tour card at qualifying school by a single stroke but in doing so regained his playing rights for the Nationwide Tour for the 2005 season.[6]

The return to the Nationwide Tour proved more successful and during the 2005 season O'Neal recorded his best finish to date, a second place at the 2005 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.[1] O'Neal maintained his good form throughout 2005 and 2006 finishing 44th and 36th on the tour money lists respectively. However his form dropped in 2007 and 2008 and he was unable to retain his card following the 2008 season.[5]

O'Neal's career started to falter after losing his Nationwide Tour privileges. He also played on the Asian Tour, eGolf Professional Tour, the EPD Tour, and the Morocco-based Atlas Pro Tour. In 2011, O'Neal was asked to take over the Jackson State golf program, but he declined. He has yet to become a swing instructor.

In 2013, O'Neal took up playing rights on PGA Tour Latinoamérica and had instant success winning the Arturo Calle Colombian Open and the Abierto de Chile in his first season on the tour.[7][8] These wins together assisted O'Neal to a third place finish on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica Order of Merit which was sufficient for him to regain his tour card for the 2014 Web.com Tour.[9]

At age 42, O'Neal finally played his in first PGA Tour event after qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Open, where he missed the cut.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

  • 1997 Georgia Amateur Championship[3]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour Latinoamérica wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
1 May 5, 2013 Arturo Calle Colombian Open −16 (68-66-68-66=268) 2 strokes Mexico Oscar Serna [7]
2 Nov 24, 2013 Abierto de Chile −13 (66-72-70-67=275) Playoff United States Ryan Blaum, Argentina Sebastian Saavedra [8]
3 May 14, 2016 Casa de Campo Dominican Republic Open −10 (72-67-68-71=278) 4 strokes United States Paul Apyan, Argentina Rafael Echenique,
Bolivia Sebastian MacLean

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Timothy O'Neal – Web.com Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Timothy O'Neal – Player Profile". PGA Tour Latinoamérica. Archived from the original on April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Georgia Amateur Championship Event History". Georgia State Golf Association. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tim O'Neal seeks PGA Tour dream". ESPN. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Timothy O'Neal – Career Summary". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tour Notebook: Tour qualifier full of unfortunate finishes". Jacksonville.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Arturo Calle Colombian Open presentado por Diners Club – 2013 Leaderboard". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Abierto de Chile – 2013 Leaderboard". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Abierto de Chile – 2013 Order of Merit". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 

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