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Professional model wants to succeed on LPGA tour

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If you are a fan of the Golf Channel's Big Break, you will probably recognize the name of Blair O'Neal. She won the 2010 Big Break Dominican Republic competition. Blair is in Mobile this week, competing in the LPGA's Avnet Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Trail.

We had a chance to chat with her during Monday's practice round. O'Neal is here on a sponsors exemption and the Avnet Classic is only the second LPGA event she has ever competed in. "I have everything to gain out here, so, I need to look at it that way and just enjoy the experience," she said with a smile on her face.

Like the rest of the LPGA pro's in Mobile, Blair spent years perfecting her game, but since graduating from Arizona State nearly ten years ago, her life has taken a different turn than most of the ladies on tour.

"When I graduated from college, I started doing modeling and a little bit of acting. I have kind of done both careers."

She has done well in both of those careers, especially the modeling.

Blair was featured in a swimsuit ad in this years Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. She was also named by that magazine to the list of what SI called, "The 50 Hottest Athletes of All Time."

Blair chuckled when she told us, "It's not a bad thing, It's a good thing, really." 

Ultimately, golf is her number one passion. The modeling helps pay for the expense of trying to make a career on the LPGA tour.

Blair is confident she can successfully multi task the demands of both professional golf and modeling.

"I can be on the golf course and still do modeling things on the side and that sort of thing, but I love to compete and I love to play golf, and that is the number one goal. I have just gone about it in a different way than the other players," O'Neal said.

O'Neal was a finalist in last year's Q School. She hopes to make it through this fall, and get her LPGA card for next year.

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