Following a very successful playing career on the European tour of some thirty seven years, during which he achieved twenty nine victories, including the German, Spanish & Scottish Opens, The Dunlop Masters and the PGA Championship. In 1982 at the age of forty eight he won the Sanyo Open in Spain and held the distinction of being the oldest winner of a European Tour event for nearly 20 years.
Neil was a regular member of the Ryder Cup Teams between 1961 and 1977 making eight appearances in total.
From the age of fifty he dominated the PGA Seniors Championship, winning the event four years out of six. In the inaugural British Seniors Open at Turnberry Neil held of a late challenge by Bob Charles to win by a shot.
During his career on the Seniors Tour he has won a total of fourteen events to date.
At the age of sixty seven Neil won the Lawrence Batley Tournament to become the oldest player in Europe to win an event, also the only player in the world to have won in six separate decades.
Neil has been chairman of the European Tour board since its inception in the nineteen eighties.
Having played throughout the world on many of the great courses Neil decided to use his experience and knowledge gained to design his own golf courses.