Robert MacIntyre now the world’s highest ranked southpaw; A 24-year-old Scottish man heads to Florida for next week’s WGC-Workday Championship as he seeks to consolidate a place in The Masters at Augusta National in April
Last updated: 02/18/21 19:07 pm
Robert MacIntyre insists he’s not thinking too far as he prepares to head to the United States for a series of major Florida Swing tournaments.
The 24-year-old Scottish southpaw is set to enter the WGC-Workday Championship next week, followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship.
MacIntyre is 43rd in the world rankings after securing his first European Tour victory at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown in November and has produced consistent performances since then including a third place finish at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
If MacIntyre remains in the top 50 in the standings the week before The Masters, he will qualify for his first appearance at Augusta National in April, while a place in the European Ryder Cup squad is also within his reach if he maintains its current form. .
However, the former Walker Cup player, who turned pro at the end of 2017, is firmly focused on his upcoming tournaments and is not worried about any of these massive events yet.
“I’m good enough not to worry about that stuff,” he said. “I used to worry about winning golf tournaments, obviously I had a lot of chances in my first season, but it was forced on me and I did a lot of work not to worrying about winning golf tournaments, just going golfing and adding up my score at the end and it helped me.
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“I’ve been talking about the Masters for probably a year since the start of the pandemic. I was really close and when it all started I went down the rankings, but I knew that as long as I was working these things were possible.
“As long as I put myself through the hard test, I don’t see why it won’t happen. It’s just a matter of testing myself, getting the job done and then if it’s there, it’s there. But I’m still young, so I have many years ahead of me. “
MacIntyre, who spent a year at university in the United States, was tipped to make his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits in September and recently performed under the watchful eyes of European captain Padraig Harrington and vice captain Robert Karlsson.
But he said: “[The Ryder Cup] is one of the easiest things to forget. It is a reward for everything. I have to perform well in these big events and if I can do it I’m sure I’ll knock on Padraig’s door.
“I played with him a few times. I played with Robert Karlsson the first two rounds in Dubai and I’m just going to play golf, these guys are there to score my card. I’m trying to learn from these guys- there I, “I’m not trying to impress them. Padraig has won three majors and done so many things in golf and I’m just trying to take little pieces from him.”
Due to MacIntyre’s rise to 43rd place in the standings, he is now the highest rated southpaw in the world with Bubba Watson 50th and Phil Mickelson in 89th.
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“It’s cool,” he says. “This is another accomplishment you probably dream of as a young child. The chances of it happening are so slim, but I managed to do it and no one can take away the fact that I held this. mark for a period of time.
“Phil Mickelson has been someone I have admired since I was little and to pass him on the leaderboard and pass Bubba is pretty cool.”
With Mickelson having won the Masters three times and Watson twice, as well as Mike Weir’s victory in 2003, the lefties have a good record at Augusta National.
But MacIntyre said: “They’ve seen it a few times but I’ve never been to Georgia, let alone being in Augusta! So hopefully I get there – there’s still a lot of work to be done – but if the moment the time comes, so we’ll take it all into account and make sure we take advantage of it.
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