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He’ll hope to contribute points on the course this week but Robert MacIntyre has already provided the biggest LOLs off it.

The European Ryder Cup rookie’s hotel bedroom selfie of him wearing Ryder Cup pyjamas whilst brushing his teeth has been widely shared on social media since he posted it on Tuesday night.

Speaking to BBC Sport Scotland, the 27-year-old provided the backstory to it all.

“To be honest, I don’t know why [I did it],” said MacIntyre. “I normally keep things quiet but I’m a man that loves a laugh. As much as I’m really serious on the golf course and get angry with myself, I just love a laugh.

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“I saw them and I thought, I’m putting them on.’ They looked a bit big for me but I thought ‘I’ll do my teeth and take a picture’. I thought it was absolutely brilliant.

“I think it’s taken off a bit more than I thought we’re in a wee bit of hot water probably!”

MacIntyre also revealed that he has picked the brains of Ryder Cup legend and fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie as he prepares to make his debut in the match this week.

“Monty has done everything in the game of golf,” he added. “As a European, golfer, he’s been an inspiration for many. Everything reverts back to just being yourself. You can try and change so much stuff. You can try and be something else, but the best version of you is yourself, and that’s pretty much what he said last night.

“I think that’s kind of what the majority of the kind of experienced guys have said, just be yourself.”

The Oban man says he will be leaning on his shinty background this week in terms of contributing to the overall team effort.

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“Shinty’s 12 a side but it’s man on man,” he said. “It’s not like football where you’ve got the team will attack you and they have got a formation they are going to attack you with.

“In shinty, it’s man versus man. My dad is the coach but he always says, ‘If you do your job right, it takes care of it.’

“It’s the same in the team aspect for golf. If I do my job, it helps the rest of the guys. I’m trying to take that into it. The main thing is just do your job well, and it will help the overall goal.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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