There wont be many professional golfers who had the sporting start that Neil did, having been a Dunfermline Athletic professional footballer from the time he was 16 to the time the team were relegated from the Scottish Premier League three years later.
Now with a PGA qualification under his belt Neil began playing golf full time at the start of 2011 having secured some valuable sponsorship with the help of his mentor, Dunbar professional and former PGA Scotland captain Jacky Montgomery, who to this day is still a keen supporter of Neil and his career.
His first full season was in 2012 when he played a staggering total of 55 events on the Scottish PGA circuit, winning several events including the Kippie Lodge Pro-Cel-Am and the Fairway/Ransomes Jacobsen Pro-Am, as well as recording numerous top 10 finishes throughout the season, resulting in a major step forward in his career progression.
In 2013 Neil made his first appearance at a full European Tour event and on home soil finished 71st at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles before heading off to the European Tour Q-School in a bid to improve his playing privileges for 2014.
Unfortunately despite finishing 10th in the second stage qualifying tournament Neil was unable to improve this at the final stage and so played the 2014 season on the European Challenge Tour. In 2015 Neil played on the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour in a bid to earn his 2016 Challenge Tour card. With eight top 10 finishes including a season best 2nd place at the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters, Neil finished 10th on the final Order of Merit and will play on the same tour again in 2016.