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- Blair O'Neal
- Macomb IL
- United States
- Professional Golfer
- Slim Figure Baby Blue Eyes
Blair O'Neal's alma mater, Arizona State, was only days away from playing one its most important football games of the year, one that would be viewed by a national television audience on ABC Sports. Fans were in frenzy, and everyone was wondering if the Sun Devils would have a statement game against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Another country away on the set of Big Break Prince Edward Island, O'Neal was oblivious to the game being played, something strange for a fan who has played quarterback for the Phoenix Scorch in the Lingerie Bowl. Instead, her singular focus was making a statement pronouncing that she is concerned more with fairways than runways.
A four-year starter and two-time NCAA Long Drive champion at Arizona State, O'Neal ultimately has made more noise as a model than as a golfer. Last year, she was honored as “One of the Hottest 50 Athletes of All-Time” by Sports Illustrated magazine and also made it to the final four in the “World’s Hottest Female Athlete” online poll put on by Sports Illustrated and InGameNow.com. In addition, she has appeared on runways, print ads, catalogs, magazine covers and commercial advertisements all over the U.S. and Asia.
O’Neal’s dual career journey began when with her first modeling job two months after graduating college in December of 2003. While modeling to pay the bills, she played various tours around the world until finishing eighth at the Duramed FUTURES Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status on the circuit. During her travels, she was moderately successful on the course but continually stressed off it. “I spent a lot of time worried about how I was going to pay for everything,” O’Neal remembers.
Her 2005 season ended abruptly after breaking her foot walking down stairs. Not only did the injury cost her part of the season on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, but she missed competing in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. “I really believe everything happens for a reason, and I stayed positive. I’m usually a very positive player, by nature,” she said about the events that turned her focus to modeling.
An athletic 5' 10" frame has been an equal asset in both career endeavors. However, determination and focus are her best characteristics. “I get into what I call ‘Blair Golf’ when I'm in my own bubble," said O’Neal, who first set the goal of playing on the LPGA Tour when she was age 11. "I'm just into my own world and focus on myself and my game. I am confident and people can see that."
Other competitors in Big Break Prince Edward Island quickly learned that she was someone to watch instead of merely look at. “She comes in a beautiful package but she is not just a pretty face,” said Nicole Sikora. “That girl can stripe it.”
For the record, Arizona State lost to Georgia. It remains to be seen if O’Neal will have the same fate or if Big Break Prince Edward Island will get her off the pages of fashion magazines and onto the cover of golf publications. (Reference: thegolfchannel.com)