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Robert MacIntyre takes a four-shot lead into the final two rounds of the Porsche European Open as he looks to cap a superb rookie season with a first European Tour victory.

The 23-year-old from Oban carded a bogey-free seven-under 65 to reach 11-under at the halfway stage at Green Eagle Golf Course. His nearest challenger, Bernd Ritthammer, is on seven-under, with Paul Casey, Matthias Schwab and Guido Migliozzi a further two shots adrift in a tie for third.

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MacIntyre is looking to go one better than the Betfred British Masters and Made In Denmark where he finished runner-up and, after hitting the front with 36 holes to play, credited a solid day with the biggest club in his bag. 

“I just stuck to my game plan,” he said. “It’s probably the best I’ve driven a ball this year. It’s not just going straight, it’s going miles.
“I don’t know what I’m doing but it’s working so I’m just going to try and continue to do it. 

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“I can only control what I can control and that’s swinging the golf club for each individual shot. That’s all I’m going to do over the weekend as well and hopefully I can keep the good scores coming.”

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MacIntyre, whose coach David Burns is doubling up as his caddie this week, is predicting a challenging weekend but says he’s looking forward to the challenge of trying to break through.

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“It’s going to be tough, especially when it’s my first time with such a lead,” he admitted. “I’m going to have to learn from this experience, I’m just doing the right things on the course, doing the right things off the course. 

“I’m nice and relaxed and everything at home’s been brilliant so I’m in the right mindset for going out there this weekend.” 


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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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