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Coltart: MacIntyre’s future is bright

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Andrew Coltart

Golf expert & columnist

“There is no doubt about his desire to compete with the best players in the world and be seen as one of them. And he is on the right track to make that happen.”

Last updated: 04/21/21 9:54 AM

Bob MacIntyre finished 12th in his first Masters

Bob MacIntyre finished 12th in his first Masters

After Bob MacIntyre guaranteed an invitation to the 2022 Masters with a Top 12 result at the Masters, Andrew Coltart predicts a bright future for the highly rated Scottish prospect.

Bob MacIntyre had an encouraging first experience at the Masters and finishing 12th on his debut is a great achievement.

Of all his good qualities, what is striking is where he is mentally at the moment. He clearly has great faith in his own abilities, but he also has a nice touch of humility.

MacIntyre closed on a 72 to finish on two under

MacIntyre closed on a 72 to finish on two under

He’s only 24 years old, a tough competitor and, as we saw at the WGC Match Play, he doesn’t let anyone intimidate him. I keep reminding people that Dustin Johnson, the world number 1, needed the luck to get a half against MacIntyre in her group game. It was certainly not the other way around.

He told himself this week that he was pretty happy “to strive for it” and that it was hard to say that this week was his first visit to Augusta National. He played like he’d been here five or six times. He went about his business calmly and efficiently and was in no way overwhelmed by the place.

He had some disappointing final days on the European Tour in his rookie season but finally crossed the line last year in Cyprus, proof that the challenge of professional titles is a difficult learning process.

1:05 Robert MacIntyre was delighted to return to The Masters in 2022 with a Top 12 result on his tournament debut at Augusta National

Robert MacIntyre was delighted to return to The Masters in 2022 with a Top 12 result on his tournament debut at Augusta National

It can take a lot away from you, both mentally and physically, but it’s about learning what to do and when to do it. He is run by an excellent team around him, including some who also work with Bryson DeChambeau and Will Zalatoris. So he’s in good hands.

High expectations

Understandably, MacIntyre has received a lot of attention in the Scottish media, thrilled with its prospects. We’ve had some success on the European Tour and Russell Knox and Martin Laird raised the flag of Scotland on the PGA Tour.

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But MacIntyre has been recognized for great things and is considered by many to be Scotland’s best hope for a big men’s winner since Paul Lawrie won The Open in 1999. He’s sure to get a lot of attention, and he needs to find ways to get on with it.

He has a great manager in Iain Stoddart who has been in this business for many years and knows the importance of protecting your players from too much media scrutiny.

But MacIntyre’s general temperament and demeanor tell me he’s not the type to pay too much attention to what is being said about him outside the confines of the golf course, whether it’s good or bad.

MacIntyre is guaranteed to be invited to Augusta next year

MacIntyre is guaranteed to be invited to Augusta next year

I’m pretty confident that he will continue to focus fully on the job at hand and there is no doubt about his desire to compete with the best players in the world and be seen as one of them. And he’s on the right track to make that happen.

If he maintains his current form, he has a great chance of making his Ryder Cup debut for Europe at Whistling Straits this fall and his encouraging debut at the Masters will have gone a long way towards achieving that goal. He has played a few events in the US over the past few weeks and is staying on the PGA Tour for the RBC Heritage this week.

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So he will continue to have a good idea of ​​what it’s like to play there compared to the European Tour, and qualifying for Team Europe via the World Points list could be his best chance at winning the Ryder Cup.

Can he win a major? After what we’ve seen of him with the masters, I think he can. His first appearance at Augusta National was another part of the big learning curve for him, and it was a test he passed with flying colors.

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