Tim O’Neal channels Q-College sting into PGA TOUR Champions debut at Ascension

As he prepares for all times after 50 in skilled golf, Tim O’Neal stays motivated by successes.

There have been many. O’Neal displays fondly on faculty wins at Jackson State, the 1997 Georgia State Newbie title, three wins on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and constant APGA success.

O’Neal additionally attracts vitality from the flip facet. As he ready to make his PGA TOUR Champions debut at this week’s Ascension Charity Traditional – he turned 50 on August 3 – he thought again to PGA TOUR Q-College makes an attempt within the early 2000s.

O’Neal missed a TOUR card by two strokes at Remaining Stage in 2000. 4 years later, he missed a TOUR card by a single stroke, enjoying his remaining 4 holes in 1 over at PGA West in California.

The soft-spoken Georgia native has performed on excursions throughout the globe in pursuit of his skilled golf goals, and he was so near a TOUR card, he might style it. Somewhat than turning into disenchanted by the data that he was one shot away, although, O’Neal stays perpetually pushed. He needs to see how good he will be.

O’Neal will compete at Norwood Hills CC outdoors St. Louis, and maybe finally on a full-time PGA TOUR Champions schedule, with the proverbial chip on the shoulder. Harnessed accurately, he believes, it could actually present that additional enhance to achieve the winner’s circle.

“Twice, I used to be proper there, of being a PGA TOUR card member,” O’Neal mentioned earlier than the Ascension Charity Traditional. “That positively fuels me. It’s not like I missed by a bunch of photographs. I do know my sport was good, simply didn’t recover from the hump.

Once you win tournaments – taking place to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and successful 3 times – all that stuff offers you confidence. So for me, there are a number of issues, not only one factor, which have given me the boldness to maintain going and preserve striving.”

O’Neal may very well be described as a quintessential journeyman in skilled golf. He made 154 profession Korn Ferry Tour begins, highlighted by a runner-up on the 2005 Northeast Pennsylvania Traditional and a third-place end on the 2006 Scholarship America Showdown at Somerby. He was additionally a gradual presence on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica within the mid-2010s, thriving as one of many tour’s elder statesmen, together with a 2013 marketing campaign the place he gained twice and completed No. 3 on the Order of Benefit to regain Korn Ferry Tour standing for 2014.

O’Neal has stayed competitively recent on the APGA this season, successful twice, and he didn’t look a lot forward to PGA TOUR Champions till the previous couple of weeks.

“Enterprise as traditional,” O’Neal mentioned. “I wasn’t actually fascinated with it a lot. Individuals would point out to me, but it surely’s not like I used to be waking up within the morning considering, ‘I’m someday nearer to PGA TOUR Champions,’ or something like that.

“Now that I’m eligible, it’s actually on the point of begin this new chapter. I’m positively trying ahead to it, and I can’t wait to tee it up.”  

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