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If Robert MacIntyre was thinking that his year couldn’t get any better, he’d have been wrong.

The Oban ace, who last month became the first Scot in 13 years to win the European Tour ‘Rookie of the Year’ award, has capped a scintillating 2019 with another superb personal achievement.

He has overtaken his boyhood hero Phil Mickelson on the Official World Golf Ranking. 

MacIntyre, 23, has long looked up to his fellow left-hander and five-time major champion.

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However, as the year draws to a close, it’s Mickelson who’s looking up to MacIntyre. Up the rankings, to be specific. 

Glencruitten golfer MacIntyre will finish the year ranked 64th on the Official World Golf Ranking. Mightily impressive considering he started 2019 in 247th place. 

Mickelson, meanwhile, is one spot further back in 65th. See for yourself…

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Mickelson recently fell out of the top-50 on the world rankings for the first time in almost 26 years.

MacIntyre is now the highest ranked left-hander on the OWGR and has, since October, been the top Scot on the standings. The man he replaced, Russell Knox, is ranked 109th, with Calum Hill (114th) the only Scot in the top-200.

MacIntyre’s next rankings goal will be to get inside the top-50 by the end of March. 

Should he manage to do that, he’ll receive an invite to play in The Masters for the first time. 


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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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