Savannah native Tim O’Neal fired a closing round of 8-under par 64 to capture the 67th Pro-IV Georgia Open presented by Gas South and E-Z-GO, which was contested at The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill for the third consecutive year.
The Johnson High School alum shot 66 in the opening round and 68 in the second round. O’Neal recorded a 70 in the third round before bouncing back in the final round.
O’Neal, a member of the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica and who has played on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour and various min-tours for over twenty years equaled a competitive course record which was set in the second round by Dykes Harbin of Saint Simons Island. O’Neal finished at 20-under par 268 for the week and and won by five shots over third round leader Barrett Waters of Dallas. For his efforts O’Neal collected the first place check of $8,000. O’Neal also joins a very exclusive group of players winning both the Georgia Amateur and the Georgia Open in their careers which includes 1973 Masters champion Tommy Aaron, Hugh Royer Jr., Louis Brown and 2017 Georgia Open champion Paul Claxton.