Conor O’Neil Wins Emotional First EuroPro Title After Unthinkable Year

The Scot dedicated his maiden EuroPro title to his late father and family after a truly tragic year

Conor O’Neil Wins Emotional First EuroPro Title After Unthinkable Year
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The Scot dedicated his maiden EuroPro title to his late father and family after an unimaginable year

Conor O’Neil Wins Emotional First EuroPro Title After Unthinkable Year

Conor O'Neil's past year is tough to comprehend for anyone after his father and uncle took their own lives.

O’Neil won his maiden EuroPro Tour title by a single stroke at Donnington Grove after a final day round of 68, where he dedicated his win to his late father and his family.

“I’ve been trying to win here for ages. I’ve had the worst time of my life in the last year," he said.

"I don’t have any words, I’m just so happy I wish my dad could be here to see this he deserves this more than me, to be honest for what he did for me.

“There’s more to life than golf, what my family has been through to give them something to smile about you know because we’re not smiling right now.

"I’m more happy for them more than me to be honest.”

Victory for O’Neil earns him £12,500 and also sees him move top of the Race to Alcanada order of merit after two events.

“I just had a complete 360 I just went for everything I am just so happy it paid off," he said.

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Overnight leader, Rodi Vlasveld crumbled early on and he never fully recovered eventually having to settle for a share of ninth after a final round of 76.

Vlasveld of The Dutch had set a course record 62 yesterday but he quickly showed how fortunes can change so easily on the course.

Monday Qualifier Jeff Wright had a stellar week running O’Neil all the way to 18 where a bogey meant he couldn’t force a playoff.

Wright of Forres Golf Club signed for level par coming just short of what would’ve been a fairytale week.

He shared second in the end with veteran EuroPro Tour player George Woolgar.

Woolgar had the round of the day as he pushed on for a 67 (-5) moving into the top five on the Race to Alcanada standings.

The Tour moves west to Cumberwell Park next week from June 16 to June 18 where the qualifier will be hosted on Tuesday 15, June.

Highlights for Donnington Grove will be broadcast on Sky Sports Golf a week Tuesday (June 22) and available worldwide through our various broadcasters including Matchroom.Live

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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