Below is an interview with Blair O’Neal, the professional golfer, and model who was the winner of BIG BREAK: Dominican Republic. The following are a few traditional and non-traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.
Interview conducted by Brian Weis, Publisher of GolfTrips.com & GolfPackages.com as well as a golf-themed website in all 50 states.
Can you provide our readers a brief biography?
When not crushing drives, the 5’9″ blonde bombshell has made the most of her modeling career. Among countless other accolades, Blair has been named “One of the Hottest 50 Athletes of All-Time” by Sports Illustrated, one of the “Top 10: Fit Golfers” by Golf Channel, one of the “Hottest Golfers” by Golf Digest, and one of “The 18 Most Beautiful Women in Golf” by Golf Magazine. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition magazine with Cobra-Puma three consecutive years from 2011-2013. Blair has translated her experiences into the on-camera platform through her work on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive and School of Golf. She has also hosted The Golf Buzz presented by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, What’s in the Bag with Cobra-Puma presented by the Golf Channel, Hot Tips from a Hot Golfer presented by Golf.com, and co-host of Golf’s Sexiest Shots presented by Golf Digest.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
At the age of 11, my father enrolled me and my brother in a local junior golf clinic, and ever since that day i have not stopped playing golf.
What is your current home course?
Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Winning Big Break Dominican Republic. I finished runner up the year before so winning it the following year was a dream come true.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
When an opponent or opponents caddie are clanking their clubs when you start your routine.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver!!! I won two CAA Long Drive Championships while in college at Arizona State. My longest driver is 308!
What is your favorite golf destination?
Pebble Beach, Dominican Republic and Lake Tahoe. I am looking forward to returning to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and competing in the American Century Celebrity Championship.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Dream foursome (living)?
Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and me
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Just me and Arnold Palmer
What is the best advice you can give amateur golfers?
The last image before you swing is to visualize where you want the ball to go. Do not focus on the trouble.
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Hole in One if there is a great prize!
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Crack of Dawn
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
I like shaping shots – both.
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
If playing in a tournament, I will always choose the healthy route.
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
9) Walking OR riding?
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
4 Iron. I do not like hybrids and do not have a 3 iron because I carry 4 wedges.
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long par 5. I want to reach it in two.
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
17) Lay up OR gamble?
8) 18 holes OR 36?
Catch Blair O’Neal on the Golf Channel Tuesday Nights 7:00pm Eastern on The School of Golf and during the mornings on The Morning Drive.