AUGUST, GA. (AP) – Robert McIntyre made 12 appearances in his rookie season during his European tour when he wanted to go home to Scotland, which was a surprise only because of the blue collar, so he never avoided a fight.
He was alone on the way. He was 22 years old, he felt he had to behave like an “experienced expedition”. MacIntyre was losing the joy of sports. Returning home to Oban, a small coastal town on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, he sat down with his parents to tell them they needed a change.
“I was not going to give up the game,” he said. “But it was going to sit back right now. I was going to take a few weeks off. I could see my father looking at me. He knew what to expect. I said. “I will return to play brilliantly.”
It’s an old sport like Scotland, which MacIntyre once described as a combination of field hockey and legalized violence. It is more reminiscent of the Irish sport of rough and tumble flight. Both are more dangerous than golf.
“It was a little scary,” his mother, Carol, said of the family reunion. “But it is brilliant to play in his blood.”
His grandfather, Doug McIntyre, was considered one of the best players to ever play. His father (Dugin) և uncle (Gordon) scored all three goals when Oban Kamanakhd won his last championship in 1996, MacIntyre’s birthday.
So instead of playing in the China Open, he trained on Tuesday և Thursday և and had a brilliant match on Saturday. The next day he drove to Southport, England, with the participation of British masters and tied for second place.
Then it came back shiny, on Tuesdays, Thursdays with drills, and on Saturdays with games. He then flew to Denmark and finished second in golf again, one point behind Bernd Wisberger.
“In bright conditions it can become rough, tough, aggressive. But the struggle continues in you, “McIntyre said. “All you need is a good shot to turn it around. That’s the way it is on the golf course. That’s the background I’m from. It gives me that struggle and drive to achieve what I want to do. ”
He recalls being criticized for taking such a risk as a golfer. He remembers his answer.
“Some people use drugs, drink a lot,” he said. “My medicine is brilliant.”
His job is to play golf, to feel like a child again in those two weeks, to ride a bus with his friends, to sing, to have a few beers on the way home, to renew his goal, to fight.
He went on to win the Sir Henry Cotton Award as a newcomer to the 2019 European Tour
Next stop: Augusta National for Masters.
MacIntyre posted the club’s official announcement on Twitter և wrote: “Dreams come true.”
He received some attention two weeks ago when Masters champion Dustin John Onson had to gather to split their game at Dell Match Play in half. Then, needing a bird on the last hole against Adam Long to win his group, McIntyre hit the driver so hard on the 371-yard block that it rolled ashore, coming out of the green to 3 feet into the tournament.
“You just have to keep fighting until the end,” he said.
Lee Westwood loves his game and humor. They played one round in Scotland last year before MacIntyre had to leave. They played again last month before the Players’ Championship.
“She did not make a bird in Scotland. “He did not make the first nine holes of the bird here,” Westwood said. “He brought a bird on the 11th and left. ‘This is the first bird I’ve ever prepared to play with you.’ I like his game. He is aggressive. She puts it so beautifully. He has a good future. “
MacIntyre is the last hope to restore some golf fame in Scotland. While the Masters were his first goal, the Ryder Cup falls a lot on the radar.
He grew up in a house overlooking Glencrutten Golf Club’s 12th Tea, which is a Bames Blade course that plays at 62 points and requires creativity. Her father is green, and MacIntyre և her two older sisters made four holes at the end of the day.
There is no place he would rather be than Oban. It is a city of about 8,500 people, which he described as “punches for his weight”, like MacIntyre.
“Have you been to Loch Lomond?” he said. “Take the road to Loch Lomond. If you do not leave for two hours, you will come to Oban.”
The fact that it can lead to the highest-ranking Scottish golfer (No. 44) is no less surprising to the left-handed MacIntyre, a meticulous guy known to mix it up, whether it be golf or brilliant.
“Fewer cities are smaller than you, but you have just dreamed,” he said. “Many people suspect you, try to put you down, tell you that you can not do anything. If you work hard and smart enough with the right people around you, anything is possible in this game. ”
MacIntyre played for a year in McNiz, Louisiana, competing against the likes of Jon on Rah. He played the Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Center Club, where he defeated Cameron Champ (6 (4) in one game and doubled in another. And then he made his MENA tour (Middle East և North Africa).
He opened with 78, and in the final round set a record of 64 to equal the third.
The Masters will be his seventh week in a row in this American adventure he is going through. He got off to a rough start at the 61st World Golf Championships in Florida. MacIntyre spoke of having problems at home that week, without elaborating, except that it was no excuse.
It turns out that his grandfather, the brilliant legend, died last week at the age of 89.
His mother joined him in Austin, Texas, to describe his self-sacrificing job as “chef, bottle-washing servant.” MacIntyre described him as someone who would do something for someone, “he does it well.”
“He does not get the attention he deserves, he does not want it,” he said.
Proof of this is the house in Oban. Years ago, the family decided to adopt foster children, especially those who have been neglected or abused. It shaped him as much as he shone.
Even those who are in battle have a place of compassion.
“When the boy first came, my mother went to hug him and he stood back,” McIntyre said. “It simply came to my notice then. Some of the kids have nothing, եք you see your mom work endlessly, letting them learn to play golf, soccer, swim յուրաքանչյուր every life skill they need.
“They do not come, they go as far as we can,” he said. “I’m very mature to see that.”
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