How hard is it to break into the PGA Tour? Well, at any given time, there might be 200 players worldwide with privileges. Of the 50 million golfers globally, that comes out to .0004% of all golfers who currently play the PGA Tour, one for every 250,000 players.

Tim O’Neal of Savannah, Georgia, has been plying his trade for years, having been an exempt member on what is now known as the Korn Ferry Tour for seven seasons. Later playing on PGA Tour Latinoamerica, he won three times. He has also played in several PGA Tour events, including one major, the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

He has also won the Georgia Open, one of the nation’s more competitive state opens. O’Neal’s is an extremely talented golfer who can hit all the shots and shoot low scores. But finding that next level of consistency is a rare talent, reserved for only 200 at a time. Currently, he plays where he can, still making a living at the game and biding his time until 2022 when he becomes eligible for PGA Tour Champions. Look for him to make his mark there, much like Scott Parel and Ken Tanigawa, two golfers with similar careers who are currently finding great success out on the senior circuit.

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