About George McNeill

By Wayne Lin

George McNeill is an American-born golfer who turned pro in 1998. Before turning pro he attended college at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He is a member of the PGA. As of August 2009, McNeill had experienced one PGA Tour victory, finished second on two occasions and third once.

Collegiate Career

At Florida State, McNeill was named All-American in 1997 and All-ACC in 1998. He was part of the FSU team that finished seventh overall in the NCAA tournament. He placed second at the ACC Championship in 1995.

PGA Tour Win and Other Victories

McNeill's lone PGA tour victory came in 2007 at the Frys.com Open. He won by four strokes over D.J. Hahn. The total purse for the tournament was $5,000,000 with the winner getting $900,000. He also won the Waterloo Open Golf Classic in 2001, and the Becks/Coors Light Open in 2005 and 2008. Those three tournaments are not on the PGA Tour.

Major Championships

The major championships consist of The Masters, the U.S. Open, The British Open and the PGA Championship. George McNeill's best outing was at the U.S. Open in 2007, when he finished 63rd. The final field of the championship consisted of 79 players.

Best Finishes

2009 was a good year for George McNeill. He finished in the top 25 in five tournaments: Sony Open (seventh), John Deere Classic (15th), Byron Nelson Championship (16th), Quail Hollow (18th) and the Arnold Palmer Invitational (23rd). Prioor to 2009, McNeill had never finished above 25th place other than his three victories.

Rise to the PGA

The Nationwide Tour is a tour designed for developing golfers. It can be likened to the minor league baseball system. McNeill never scored high enough on the Nationwide Tour in 2005 to get a PGA card, but he did win the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in 2006. This helped him get the PGA card in 2007. Months after receiving his PGA card he won the Frys.com Open.

About The Author

Wayne Lin has played four years of golf at the collegiate level and coached junior competitors. He has written articles about golf for local newspapers and magazines. To date, Lin has played at over 90 golf courses across the United States and continues to compete in local competitions. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oklahoma.

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