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As he makes his way to St Andrews for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week, Robert MacIntyre does so having made one of the greatest Ryder Cup debuts EVER by a Scottish golfer.
The 27-year-old contributed two-and-a-half points from three matches, including a deserved singles win over US Open champion Wyndham Clark, as Europe regained the iconic gold trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome.
Written off as the weak link in Luke Donald’s European team, the Oban man ended the week as one of only three players to go unbeaten in Rome.
He also racked up more points than world No.1 Scottie Scheffler, three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler combined.
Not bad, eh?
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) October 2, 2023
Well, it gets better.
A quick glance through the history books shows that MacIntyre is only the second Scottish golfer ever to go unbeaten on their Ryder Cup debut and the first to have done so having played more than once.
John Fallon won his only match on his debut in 1955 but MacIntyre is the first to Scottish rookie not to lose having made more than one appearance.
His two-and-a-half points haul is also the second-best contribution made to the cause by a Scottish debutant.
Paul Lawrie put three-and-a-half points on the board at Brookline in 1999 but played four times to MacIntyre’s three.
Here’s a rundown of how every Scot fared on their Ryder Cup debut…
Jimmy Adams (1947): 0pts, 0-2-0
Harry Bannerman (1971): 2.5pts, 2-2-1
Brian Barnes (1969): 0pts, 0-3-0
Gordon Brand Jnr (1987): 1.5pts, 1-2-1
Eric Brown (1953): 1pt, 1-1-0
Ken Brown (1977): 0pts, 0-1-0
Andrew Coltart (1999): 0pts, 0-1-0
George Duncan (1927): 1pt, 1-1-0
John Fallon (1955): 1pt, 1-0-0
Bernard Gallacher (1969): 2pts, 2-2-0
Stephen Gallacher (2014): 0pts, 0-2-0
Tom Haliburton (1961): 0pts, 0-3-0
Paul Lawrie (1999): 3.5pts, 3-1-1
Sandy Lyle (1979): 1.5pts, 1-2-1
Robert MacIntyre (2023): 2.5pts, 2-0-1
Colin Montgomerie (1991): 1.5pts, 1-1-1
John Panton (1951): 0pts, 0-2-0
Sam Torrance (1981): 0.5pts, 0-3-1
George Will (1963): 1pt, 1-3-0
Norman Wood (1975): 1pt, 1-2-0
MacIntyre is also only the third Scot to be part of a winning Ryder Cup team on his debut, following Gordon Brand Jnr in 1987 and Bounce stablemate Stephen Gallacher in 2014.
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