Robert MacIntyre: Fantastic news for Scotland's No.1 golfer

Robert Mac Intyre

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre has received a timely boost ahead of his return to competitive golf, with confirmation of his place in this year's rescheduled US Open.

The United States Golf Association today announced new exemption categories for the championship, now due to take place at Winged Foot Golf Club from September 17-20 following its COVID-19 enforced postponement.

They include spots in the field for all players ranked within the top-70 on the OWGR as of March 15, when the rankings were frozen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That has opened the door for Glencruitten man MacIntyre, who was ranked 67th that week. 

• Ryder Cup star blasts world rankings restart

• Major champ WDs from Travelers Championship

Consequently, the reigning European Tour 'Rookie of the Year' can now look forward to playing in his first-ever US Open. 

To date, the 23-year-old has only played in one major championship, last summer's Open Championship at Royal Portrush where he finished in a tie for sixth. 

He also has August's rescheduled US PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco to look forward to. 

Speaking to bunkered.co.uk, MacIntyre's manager Iain Stoddart said: "We're obviously delighted that Bob is in the US Open. It's what we had expected when we got word that they were planning to rejig the entry criteria following the cancellation of the qualifying events. 

"We now have to weigh up what that will actually mean in practical terms, considering the restrictions that are still in place due to COVID-19, and try to build a schedule around about it."

• Westwood responds to Rory's criticism

• US broadcaster calls for Masters to be re-named

With the US still imposing strict quarantining on all inbound visitors, one could reasonably assume that these plans could include trying to land some sponsors' invites for MacIntyre to PGA Tour events leading up to the US Open. 

Like the majority of the players on the European Tour, MacIntyre hasn't played a competitive round since the final round of the Qatar Masters on March 8, after which the tour went into coronavirus lockdown.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
HOW MUCH HAVE CALLAWAY DRIVERS CHANGED IN 30 YEARS?
Big Bertha
play button
CAN WE SMASH IT LIKE A LONG DRIVE CHAMP?
Long Drive
play button
The Masters: What Augusta National is REALLY like
The Masters
play button
HYBRID or UTILITY IRON – Which one should you use?
Hybrid
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Kevin Craggs to caddie for Monty this week
New golf film in production starring multiple Oscar winner
COVID-19: Further relaxation of restrictions for Scottish golfers
Pro predicts “stunted” season for pandemic-hit Legends Tour
Sandy Scott forced to withdraw from GB&I Walker Cup team

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Control your rhythm and tempo
Watch
play button
Taking your hands out of the golf swing
Watch
play button
The correct ball position
Watch
play button
How to transition your weight with Peter Barber
Callaway
See all videos right arrow